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Forum topic by Kjuly posted 12-29-2009 06:50 PM 2476 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2009 06:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bees wax double boiler bees wax polish

I just viewed a short video on the The Wood Whisperer Community

On this video Marc used his wife’s mixer to complete a task in the shop and it reminded me of the time I used my wife’s deep fryer to make some bees wax polish.

It’s a simple process, using the deep fryer as a double boiler, melt bees wax and mix in mineral spirits to make a really nice paste wax. You can find several different recipes on the internet that will give the proportions and different ingredients but I use equal parts bees wax and mineral spirits. Well, almost equal parts, sorta equal but not quite. You know in the ball park kinda thing.

So, I borrow my wife’s deep fryer and whip up a batch of paste wax. After it has cooled, I clean the fryer and I mean clean, so clean you eat off of it. After all, I just used it to boil water. The wax and mineral spirits are heated in a separate pan set on top of the fryer. OK, the fryer has been cleaned and returned to it’s storage place in the base cabinet next to a stack of mixing bowls and I head back to the shop, long before my wife is due home from work.

After dinner I head back to the shop to put the finishing touches on a table I had been working on. As I leave the house, I notice a box setting next to the shop door. I am not expecting any packages and the delivery guy drops the boxes at the house. Hummm….what could it be? Getting closer I see the box is open and a note inside telling me that I am the proud owner of a new ( not new but clean, maybe not clean enough) deep fryer.

I know better than to ask questions in these situations (not that I have been here before) and start considering where I can buy a new deep fryer. Her birthday is in a few weeks, maybe I should wait and…. bad idea, I’ll pick one up tomorrow.

Have you ever used a kitchen utensil or appliance in the shop and it did not turn out as you planned?


-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 10:03 PM

It never works as planned and always gets me in trouble!! :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 04:00 AM

The only thing I have used is a pyrex 1 cup measuring cup.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 08:48 AM

Only use what is offered! Otherwize DUCK!

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 12-30-2009 11:41 PM

Cup cake tins, cookie sheets, plastic bowls and more.
And, I TOTALLY agree with Topmax and Scrappy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 11:19 PM

It seems to me that you did something more dangerous than cutting small pieces on the table saw with the guard removed and no push stick.

You got off lightly and I admire your wife’s sense of humour!

-- David

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 01-24-2010 06:45 PM

Used a mixing bowl to mix thinset to set the bathroom tile, mind you we did this together so it wasn’t really a surprise for her. I still am reminded what a great wife I have when I see her using that bowl and see the wee residue of thinset on the bottom of the outside lip. I am a very fortunate husband:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 01-24-2010 10:39 PM

I remmember many years ago I borrowed a knife from the kitchen what I had todo with it
I can´t remmember but it was when I did some remodelling on the house so I thought it wood bee
okay after all it was her house as well as mine so some of her tools cuold be used as well
the day after I heard some haevy thunk……tab several times on the shop door
I hadn´t time to go aut to see what it was
but the day after I saw my picture in the trash can totely fuld of long holes and the shopdoor
has the same holes in head high lucky that I didn´t look what those thunk……….tab was
the knife is still in the knifeblock but she never use it and have never said anything and I don´t dare
to ask why she don´t use that expencive cooking knife anymore
so I´m with Topamax and Scraby Duck fast before it´s too late


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#8 posted 01-24-2010 11:36 PM

My wife is of the opinion that the kitchen is her domain and the workshop is my domain. She doesn’t use my tools to prepare food and I shouldn’t use her’s for woodworking. If I were to use something from the kitchen, she would say “Keep it and buy me a new one.”

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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