View Full Version : Waxing Plane Soles
02-28-2005, 02:38 PM
A silly question perhaps...
I've been paste waxing the soles of my planes. I noticed that if I really start going at a piece of wood with the plane, the sole starts to heat up pretty quickly from the friction. Will the heat cause the paste wax to soften and be removed from the sole pretty quickly?
02-28-2005, 02:51 PM
>A silly question perhaps...
>I've been paste waxing the soles of my planes. I noticed
>that if I really start going at a piece of wood with the
>plane, the sole starts to heat up pretty quickly from the
>friction. Will the heat cause the paste wax to soften and
>be removed from the sole pretty quickly?
I don't really know the answer to that, but in addition to the paste wax, I like to rub a little paraffin or beeswax on the soles of my planes when using them. Helps 'em slide real nice (less friction), so I suppose they probably don't heat up as much either.
I would think that paste wax should be able to stand up to fairly high heat . . . this must be true of car waxes, because when cars sit out in the sun you don't see the wax melting :)
I know that paste waxes for furniture and tools have a somewhat different composition than car wax, so I suppose it would depend on what the components are of the particular brand you're using.
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02-28-2005, 06:05 PM
Don't know where it goes, but since I have to recoat mine every now and then, it goes somewhere. Probably onto the wood.