Removing wax from live edge

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Forum topic by xwingace posted 08-10-2016 02:30 AM 683 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2016 02:30 AM

Hi all!
I’m turning a bowl from a beautiful piece of burl, I want to leave the edge on it but it’s pretty well waxed, and I’m sure that will make sanding and finishing a pain. Any tricks for getting it out of there? It’s in all the nooks and crannies in the dark spot top right.

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 03:02 AM

Heat perhaps? Or the appropriate solvent and a q-tip?

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#2 posted 08-10-2016 04:59 AM

Sand what you can, then seal what you have sanded. I use a 50/50 shellac, and alcohol. I’m not at all sure if you can remove the wax. But some heat from a heat gun should melt it into the wood. I would get it hot and take a tooth brush to it while its still hot. I have used a torch on live edge to darken it, but never had wax on it. Heat gun may be a better approach. The sealer will help to keep the hot wax out of the wood pours that are finished. Not sure how it will work. Just my idea on it.
Good luck.

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#3 posted 08-10-2016 04:04 PM

In addition to heat as described above…
you may try freezing, the wax will be very hard and can usually be removed with a dental pick. An old stiff toothbrush may remove most when frozen and be quicker that the dental pick.
For natural edged I like a low luster natural oil finish (not gloss like lacquer or shellac). If oiled any small particles of wax left should just blend in.

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#4 posted 08-10-2016 05:26 PM

Try the heat. When liquified, brush with the finishing oil you plan to use anyway after you have sealed the surrounding area. If all else fails, tell everyone you planned it that way from the start. (A new and different technique)! Good luck.

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#5 posted 08-10-2016 06:41 PM

Thanks guys! I’m going to freeze it first, then try heat and oil since I will using an oil finish anyway – will let y’all know how it turns out.

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#6 posted 08-10-2016 07:29 PM

Mineral spirits and a toothbrush.

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#7 posted 08-11-2016 02:17 AM

+100 TheFridge. Or – lacquer thinner and chip brush.

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