Whats Your Mineral Oil/Beeswax Formula?

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Blog entry by Brad_Nailor posted 589 days ago 5904 reads 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do a lot of cutting boards and Pizza peels that I like to finish in a mix of mineral oil and beeswax. Sometimes I think I have too much wax, and sometimes I think not enough. I don’t measure I just shave some wax into the oil as it’s warning on my hotplate. I recently bought some beeswax flakes so now i can accurately measure the amount of was I add to the oil. I was wondering if anyone hit on a solid proportion of wax to oi that doesn’t seem to thick and sticky, but still gives that great waxy sheen?


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#1 posted 589 days ago

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#2 posted 589 days ago

I’ve been using Howards Butcher Block Conditioner that has mineral oil and bees wax already mixed in. I’m not expert in this area, but so far I’ve been happy with the results.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA.,

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#3 posted 589 days ago

I don’t use the flakes but I do shave off chips from my very hard block of beeswax. I mix about a heaping teaspone into a half pint of mineral oil. I am pleased with this ratio. Make sure that you use mineral oil from the drug store. DO NOT use the product sold at paint stores or home centers. They are not the same. If you wont drink it , don’t put it on your wood.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#4 posted 589 days ago

I use the Howard’s mix as well. It’s inexpensive, easily available, and works great.

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#5 posted 589 days ago

Look at the blog from maugust here on LJs.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#6 posted 589 days ago

I have also used Howard’s mix. I did some items for an organic store, and they did not want mineral oil, so after some research I went to a health food store and purchased walnut oil and beeswax. I melted about 1/4 cup of wax into one cup of oil. It set up into the consistency of paste wax, and applied similar, though is would soften and soak into the wood with a little vigorous rubbing. I made and filled a “grease box” with about a one cup capacity and filled it with the mix. Don’t worry, walnut oil doesn’t go rancid.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#7 posted 589 days ago

I use Howard’s Feed-n-wax on our +160yr old drop leaf dining table and it works very well. A bit thin, but if you can give it 24-48 hours then it buffs out very nicely.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 588 days ago

This is the formula I have finished and it worked good for me.

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#9 posted 587 days ago

I got a recipe online somewhere. It is 2 oz. of beeswax to 1 C of mineral oil. It’s all I have ever used so I can’t compare to other mixes but it seems pretty good. Soft enough to rub in at room temperature and it buffs off pretty easily.

-- Jeff

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#10 posted 587 days ago

1+ with what Mark Smith said. Howards – available at Home Depot

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 584 days ago

Thanks guys..I will have to try the Howards..I have used General Finishes butcher block oil..which is basically a low viscosity mineral oil. I like that because I like to polish my boards to at least 200 grit, and the thicker mineral oil tends to take longer to absorb into the wood.


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