This is my version of a mineral oil and beeswax “finish”.
I have experimented with different ratio’s of the two ingredients.
I have tried (measure in ounces by volume)
1 oz mineral oil : 1 oz beeswax
3 oz mineral oil : 2 oz beeswax
5 oz mineral oil : 1 oz beeswax
I found that I like 3:2 ratio the best.
I buy the beeswax in cake form. Shave it with a grater. Place the shavings in a bowl and then into a double boiler. The beeswax will melt VERY fast. Add the mineral oil and stir for a bit. The mixutre has to remain warm in order to keep it from solidifying. It will feel like a soft candle as it cools.
In order to apply the finish it should be warm, I have used a cotton cloth, a small brush, and/or my bare hands. If you use your hands, your skin will be very smooth when you are done!
I used a scrap piece of poplar to see how the mixture looked. I wrote in pencil the ratio and then applied it to see how it compared to the other ratios.
When I am done using this finish, I placed the liquid into a stainless steel dish with a plastic lid and let it harden. In hardened form, I have used it to lubricate the threads on screws before I drive them into a piece of wood.
A heat gun, double boiler or a hot plate will return the mixture to liquid form.
So far, I have used this mixture on the interior of a breadbox and on a bed for my daughter.
Below are some pictures of the process that I used.