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Making BeezWax Wood Finish

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Project by Bytesabit posted 09-23-2013 05:30 PM 1552 views 18 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To make the finish is pretty easy.

Make a double boiler by using a pot with some water about 3 inches high.
Put a small towel, paper towel, or cloth on the bottom of the pot.
Put a can or metal container to melt things.

Warm the water on Medium

Mix:
2 oz of BeezWax with 1 cup (500ml) of Mineral Oil
((Mineral Oil can be changed for pretty much any oil… such as olive oil, etc.. ))

Procedure

Melt the beezwax, keeping it between 40-50 degrees celcius, then when completely melted, add oil.
Stir until all is melted with no chunks, then empty into holding container (I use mason jars with wide mouth)

The beauty is, the mineral oil is an anti-bacterial and helps the wax absorb into the wood. The was protects.
AND there isn’t really any drying time.

This is also FOOD SAFE!! So cutting boards, wooden spoons, etc are perfect for this.

Pro Tip: I gave my wooden spoons a light sanding and used them for stirring, then buffed it out after to give them that new protection!





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Biff

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#1 posted 09-23-2013 09:42 PM

It’s a nice finish that I use regularly, although it will leave whitish residue in open pores. I don’t know why all the recipes call for a double boiler, I just use a sauce pan and heat the oil on low and stir in the beeswax shavings until it’s all melted. I pour it into a ziplock bag for storage and I heat the bag in water if I want a runnier product for application.

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Makarov

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 11:42 PM

A double boiler is for safety the mixture can’t reach flash point. And if you slop some mixture over the side it goes in the water.

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Heavy

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 07:30 AM

How consistent is your mix? It it more fluid?

Here is another recipe for beeswax:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEYI6hkuOf0

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Woodstock

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 05:07 PM

I’d be wary of olive oil in any food related finish. It will spoil and go rancid. Not good on toys that may go in mouths. Or on cutting boards for the same reason when cutting food, as the spoiled oil gets transferred to the food and consumed by you.

Otherwise this is a good recipe for home brewing a food safe finish.

-Dave

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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Bytesabit

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 05:09 PM

Good to know WoodStock!
Thanks!

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Aaron McCain

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 05:25 PM

how do you apply it?

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