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Can anyone tell me what the wax that the sharpening folks use to coat resharpened router bits & saw blades with is called & where I can get some?

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Can anyone tell me what the wax that the sharpening folks use to coat resharpened router bits & saw blades with is called & where I can get some?

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I really can't help you with that but it is an interesting question, will be watching this thread. I assume you are looking for something to protect them for long term storage? I don't know why good old fashioned parafin wouldn't work.

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Can anyone tell me what the wax that the sharpening folks use to coat resharpened router bits & saw blades with is called & where I can get some?

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Hi Rod:

This isn't what you want but it might do in a pinch until you find the "read" stuff.

I used to have to "lock" on the bolts on my bicycle. They were all Allen head. I'd put some car wax (carnuba or something similar) into the cavity and let it dry. Then, I'd fill the cavity with silicone caulking. Worked like a charm. Take a pin and poke out the silicone and the wax kept the shoulders clean. Dip your product in the wax then in the silicone. As always, experiment on scrap first.

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As requested, I've updated my profile. I'm retired and spend a good bit of my time in a woodworking shop currently located in my basement. It's pretty well equipped and I'll soon need to be considering a separate shop in the back yard as I keep stumbling over tools. I've got quite a few saw blades, shaper cutters, & router bits. I have a small Unimat Compact 5 lathe I bought many years ago and I recently bought a used, inexpensive, carbide saw blade sharpening machine I found in a local posting. With these two machines I'm able to sharpen all my own carbide tooling although it takes a while to do the larger shaper knives.

After a bit of practice, I'm now able to bring all these tools back to "as new" condition without a lot of difficulty. Since I don't have to send them anywhere to be sharpened, I can keep them sharp without a lot of trouble. I sharpen them more often than I otherwise would do, but as they're not very dull when sharpened, little carbide is removed & there's little waste.

My blades, bits & cutters are all stored in open racks in the shop & I thought it would be nice to dip them in wax as some of them will go months or years between uses.

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p.s. - My most annoying woodworking complaint by far is the vast amount of time it takes to set up a router. Always, always, always, you spend more time to set up a router than it takes to use it. Someone really needs to get working on this! I have five or six routers, most of which I set up and never change, all because it takes so long to set them up.
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My most annoying woodworking complaint by far is the vast amount of time it takes to set up a router. Always, always, always, you spend more time to set up a router than it takes to use it. Someone really needs to get working on this! I have five or six routers, most of which I set up and never change, all because it takes so long to set them up.
I find this to be true of most wood working equipment. Patience is not my forte. By the time I find the wood, square the wood, set up the saw/router/planer/jointer/whatever for the cuts/shapes I need I'm too tired to make the project.

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I find this to be true of most wood working equipment. Patience is not my forte. By the time I find the wood, square the wood, set up the saw/router/planer/jointer/whatever for the cuts/shapes I need I'm too tired to make the project.
I share that feeling sometimes myself. Then, I stop and remind myself how long it would take to do the job without the tool I'm setting up/cleaning up.
Kinda like the paint sprayer. 30 min to set up, 30 min to clean up, 30 min to spray. Ok, took me an hour and a half and got the same job done it would have taken 4 hours to do with a brush...
Can't comprehend the time difference between a router and a chisel..
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I share that feeling sometimes myself. Then, I stop and remind myself how long it would take to do the job without the tool I'm setting up/cleaning up.
Kinda like the paint sprayer. 30 min to set up, 30 min to clean up, 30 min to spray. Ok, took me an hour and a half and got the same job done it would have taken 4 hours to do with a brush...
Can't comprehend the time difference between a router and a chisel..
It took an hour to write a single page letter with quill and ink. Then along came the typewriter and it took 20 minutes to do a single page and we complained how long it took. Then, came the word processor and the daisy wheel printer and we complained when it took 60 seconds to print a page. Then along came the laser printer and it took a few seconds to print a page and we still complain that it takes an hour to print that 1,000 page book. Seems all we do is complain ;-)

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Hi John

Your math maybe off just a bit,
setup the paint sprayer, 2 mins.,clean up 2 mins.spray job 2 mins or less.
for a total time of 6 mins..or pickup a spray can and it's down to 2 mins.or less total.


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I share that feeling sometimes myself. Then, I stop and remind myself how long it would take to do the job without the tool I'm setting up/cleaning up.
Kinda like the paint sprayer. 30 min to set up, 30 min to clean up, 30 min to spray. Ok, took me an hour and a half and got the same job done it would have taken 4 hours to do with a brush...
Can't comprehend the time difference between a router and a chisel..



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Your math maybe off just a bit,
setup the paint sprayer, 2 mins.,clean up 2 mins.spray job 2 mins or less.
for a total time of 6 mins..or pickup a spray can and it's down to 2 mins.or less total.


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Yeah, math may be off a bit. Spray can wouldn't cover a 40'x15' side of my house though. I know, my grandson tried it last year
50' of spray house will take me a bit more than 2 min to pump out too. Must be slowin down
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