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04-02-2011 08:26 PM

OK, I’m heeding good advice and trying to use these waxes for my cutting board finishes but I can not find them in my local stores and I have some questions.

1) Where are the rest of you buying these waxes?
2) One web site talked about different melting points and temperatures ( Surely this could have impact on slicing hot meats on my boards AND would also obviously impact the temperature that I would have to heat the oil/wax mix to melt it (making it very hot for me to handle perhaps).

Which waxes should I buy and where can I purchase them? I’ll step back and let you pros offer some wisdom here because I spent half my day on this and got no where, I cry UNCLE!


-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 08:29 PM

Bee’s wax = health food store but probably expensive. Maybe a farmer’s market.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-02-2011 10:09 PM

Paraffin is at the grocery store. Ask for someone to lead you to the canning supplies. (I assume you are in the US because paraffin is kerosene else other places in the world)

Beeswax. The hobby section at walmart or something. Also look in the beauty section, they use it with those things where you melt the wax and dip your hand or feet in for a manicure or pedicure. Also for heat for arthritis relief. Read the labels over where they have the candles. Most are just beeswax/paraffin with maybe a bit of fragrance. Sometimes in the sewing section also. There are lots of places to order online. Also many stores carry. Some might be in the same place as the paraffin. If you are really desperate, go to the grocery store and look at the funny candy vampire teeth filled with koolaid and such. They are usually beeswax and definitely food safe.

This kind of finish is not a one shot application. It is a regular maintenance routine. These finishes will wear off but in microscopic quantities on a piece of meat. It is also food safe, remember? That’s why food safe is important. Usually, they mix the beeswax with other waxes because beeswax is so soft by itself. Paraffin is generally harder. Mix them until they have the consistency you are looking for.

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#3 posted 04-02-2011 10:33 PM

I get my beeswax from Candle Bee farm. Very good quality

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#4 posted 04-03-2011 11:00 PM

Highland Woodworking has beeswax. 4 ounces for $5.99 or 1 pound for $12.99

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#5 posted 04-04-2011 06:24 PM

cr1- when I use beeswax on my boards, I thin it out considerably. I make it as a cream like consistency with mineral oil that helps draw the wax into the pores of the wood. After the oil has been absorbed, I wipe off the excess wax and “buff” it out. Makes for a very good water resistance finish.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 06:36 PM

I bought mine at

If you buy 1lb for $14 or 2 lbs for $22 you get free shipping.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 02:43 AM

I buy white bees wax pellets. They are easier to work with than carving off chunks of wax from a block. You just grab what you need out of the bag and toss them in the melting pot. I melt mine in mineral oil and they melt quickly. The white beeswax melts clear and doesn’t add any color to your application. I bought 2 pounds a couple years ago and still have a pound left. The company I bought them from is no longer in business, but a Google search on “beeswax pellets” will lead you to many sources.

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 03:01 AM

Find your local bee keeper they sell it by the pound or in smaller blocks. You can use a double boiler and melt your wax with a even mixture of mineral oil. Some folks mix in linseed oil and other ingredient as well. Good luck…BC

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