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I've recently removed the wax on my table top b/c I felt that it was getting gummy & wasn't slippery enough.
I ordered a can of Slipit Woodworking-- no silicone.
But then I went through my chemical stash & found:
Dixon L&P oil & Super Lube Dry Lube.

According to Synco Chemical (Super Lube) it contains PTFE (teflon) and is ok for wood. It will leave a whiteish residue on the table top but will not affect the wood.

The Dixon has no info on it other than it contains graphite & Dixon Chemical division is closed though their pencil division still exists.

Any thoughts on the alternate chemical for use on the table top?

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Work bench???...
 

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clean it w/ paint thinner/turps...
rewax w/ wax containing Carnauba and buff it out really well..
why gamble... ...
 

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buff it out really well..
why gamble... ...
buffed the wax out with a car polisher with a lambs wool bonnet.
worked for a while then eventually started to gum up.

So I'm now on a hunt for an alternative.

I've seen Slipit used and figured I'd try that in lieu of wax.

Gamble??? Hell-- life's a gamble.
 

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I've recently removed the wax on my table top b/c I felt that it was getting gummy & wasn't slippery enough.
,What kind of wax, brand name?
 

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???...why would furniture polish "gum up"? Used too thick maybe? Not buffed out?
I always wipe my TS table down with Mineral spirits before rewaxing, and if there has been any oxidation I use Autosol first/only depending on how anal i am at that moment. ;)
 

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If they've closed down then you'll have to find a substitute eventually. I bought a product called Waxilit from Lee Valley a long time ago that works pretty good. It originally came in a plastic container which disintegrated in time and allowed the solvent to dry out of it turning it from a paste to a hard block. It still works but I have to buff it pretty vigorously. I see they sell it in a tin like shoe polish comes in now. https://tooling.weinigusa.com/product-p/xxx100082.htm You can also use it to keep glue squeeze out from soaking into wood and affecting the finish after. Waxilit - the answer to cleaning up glue squeeze out

As far as the Dixon product, if it's graphite based I don't think that would be a problem and I haven't heard of the teflon in the mix to be a problem either.
 

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I think the main thing to get out of this thread is that there are several ways to protect tool tabletops in the woodshop that not only protect the tops but also help materials slide easier and keeps them from grabbing while cutting.

If you find something you are happy with then, by all means, use it. Remember, it is maintenance so needs to be done periodically and I don't know of any solution that will last forever.

I am old school and use wax on any castiron tables that wood will be sliding on.
 
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