homemade wax

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Blog entry by pastahill posted 06-04-2011 09:08 AM 1751 reads 15 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a few questions about my homemade wax and finishing, i share now the recipe wich works very well for me.

200g beewax ( it´s a little less than a half pound)
200g paraffine
200g carnauba
1 l turpentine ( thats about a little moore than 1 quart)
asphalt paint, pigments ( for dyeing )

First melt all 3 wax sorts in a water bath. Be carefull that it will not get to hot and burn and you will have crumbs
in your finish. Stir everything very well.l Take it from the stove and let it cool down a little bit. Than put in the turpentine and mix untill it starts to get hard. Put it in a container with lid, that the turpentine dont fune out and you can keep it for month. For dyeing you can take parts away, melt it again and put in asphalt or pigments. Be carfull with the asphalt because a few drops can make it very dark.

Rub the wax on the wood surface in grain direction. Use a lint-free cloth. You can also heat it up a little bit with a hot air gun that the wood absorb it a little bit more and rub it again. Normaly i let it stay for about 24h and than polish everything by hand in circular motion, with a lint-free cloth to a nice shine.

It´s now magic you just need some elbow grease.

-- If anybody find spelling mistakes, can keep them!

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#1 posted 06-04-2011 02:49 PM

thank´s for sharing


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#2 posted 06-04-2011 03:01 PM

You can also use a little turpentine or mineral spirits, on a cloth to thin the wax to get it into the pores of the wood. For those that don’t know, adding the pigments will prevent the wax from turning white on dark wood, as it dries out. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 06-04-2011 05:24 PM

awesome, thanks! I have a large chunk of beeswax in the garage leftover from candle making, now I have a use for it!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 11:52 AM

Thank you.
I will have to try this one day.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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