New Warré users may be interested in how to prepare their top bars as follows to minimise problems later.
First, it’s worth mentioning that bars generally have one side cut more roughly than the other. Place them so the rough side is on the lower surface – to help the wax comb grip on better.
Ideally, we want the comb to hang down from the bars but stop just short of the next bar, like the two on the left of the diagram, or separating the boxes can be awkward and messy.
Sometimes, however, combs are built all the way down to the next bar without stopping like the central one in the diagram. To discourage this, paint the top (smooth) surface of each bar with two coats of linseed oil. This makes them very smooth, and difficult to stick wax to. Use raw linseed oil, not the boiled stuff which sometimes contains heavy metal additives. I found raw linseed oil was impossible to find in local hardware stores, but straightforward to find on Amazon.
Another issue is when combs don’t follow the bars. I’m told the solution is to add a starter ridge of wax to the bars as follows.
Having got your molten wax, carefully dribble it along the centre of a bar, using another piece of wood as a guiding edge. The second piece of wood should be wet, and smooth, so the wax doesn’t stick to it.
The final tip is to spend ages cleaning up all the spilled wax in the kitchen before your wife finds out.