How to maintain wooden draw tracks

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Old 12-30-13, 06:26 PM
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How to maintain wooden draw tracks

I just purchase a used bedroom furniture set with wooden draw tracks on the night stand and dresser draws. This will be my first furniture with wooden tracks. I realize humidity and temperature can/will affect how well the tracks glide. Is there any kind of spray, wax or chemical I can use periodically to maintain a smooth glide operation? The first thing that comes to mind is candle wax. How say you?
 
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Old 12-30-13, 06:39 PM
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The first thing to mind is correct. A candle or canning wax (paraffin) is the best to use.
 
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Ya, candle wax is probably the standard. I have wooden guides on both my kitchen and shop drawers. I've used Johnson's Paste Floor Wax with good results. The only reason I used it instead of candle wax is because I had some handy
 
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Paste wax is good. It goes on much easier than candle wax.
 
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Hey drooplug, speaking of paste wax, if you've never waxed the bottom plate of your thickness planer with paste wax, try it sometime. It reduces the friction so that the boards feed better.
 
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Thanks all, that's what I'll do.
 
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Old 12-31-13, 09:29 AM
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waxed the bottom plate of your thickness planer
I've waxed the top on my table saw from time to time but never thought to apply any to my planer
 
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