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Old 01-09-2014, 09:13 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone:

I haven't used my new DW 788 yet (awaiting the stand). Do I need to clean the table with anything prior to putting on some Johnson's paste wax that I have?
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Nope....personally, I don't know if I'd wax it either. I would fear that it might make it too slick.

I've never put anything on mine, and it's as good as the first day I used it.
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I cannot remember when mine was new.. but I clean mine once a year with wd40, and wax it about every 5/6 hours of use with Johnson's paste wax.
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I've never put anything on mine, and it's as good as the first day I used it.
Ditto on Shawn's comment.
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I usually wipe mine down with mineral spirits, let that dry, then apply the wax.
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Im with Shawn on this one. Never used anything and it still works great.
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Well it all depends on what kind of wood you are cutting. I can go months without cleaning/waxing the table and then cut a bunch of padauk and it needs cleaning/waxing because the padauk is oily compared to other woods and tends to gum up the table.

In short, clean/wax the table when it needs it. You will be able to tell when pieces you are cutting don't move freely on the table.
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How smooth is the table now? I can't recall for certain, but when I bought mine years ago, I think there was some kind of protective coating on it, just for stocking/shipping/corrosion prevention purposes, so I had to remove that and thoroughly clean the top. I believe I used mineral spirits, paper towels and a Scotch Brite pad to get the gunk off of it. Once down to the bare metal, I applied paste wax and do so every so often, as needed. I've never found that a coat of paste wax made the table too splippery. To me, it makes it much nicer and the wood spins around on it much easier. I can always tell when it's time to wax it again, as I can feel the resistance of the rough (relatively speaking) surface.
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Thanks everyone, for the feedback. There seemed to be a protective coating on it; I used citrus-based stuff that had on hand as bicycle chain cleaner. Worked well, wiped/buffed off, then used a Scotch Brite pad. Applying Johnson's paste wax tomorrow and then ready to make some sawdust!
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I never waxed mine sence I got mine about 4years ago I bought mine used its still works very nice
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