Beeswax recipe for General care?

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Forum topic by raydizzle posted 03-29-2012 02:01 AM 1546 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2012 02:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing refurbishing arts and crafts traditional

I’m trying to figure out an easy way to take care of my projects. More specifically for customers who buy my products may want to know how to take care of the product once they have it. I make small boxes and furniture, like night stands, coffee tables, etc…,
I do not make cutting boards or food related products.

I finish my products using traditional methods using oils, such as Boiled linseed oil, tung oil, and more recently Hemp oil.
And iv’e thought about actually making a beeswax recipe, such as the beeswax/linseed/turpentine mixture, or the beeswax/mineral oil mixture. Placing it in small wide mouth 1/2 pint canning jars and selling it in conjunction with my projects. Being food safe is not my primary concern as far as the beeswax goes.

I have not made, or have any experience in beeswax polishes like these.

If my finish is not glossy, and is a nice satin finish, would these beeswax recipes be a good choice?
Would the beeswax polish add a gloss sheen to the project ?
How often would the customer apply the beeswax mixture to maintain general upkeep of the product ?
How long is the shelf life on these mixtures?
Any other advice on what i can tell the customer to use to protect their furniture?
Which mixture would be better in terms of just general care vs adding any type of gloss sheen?
Is there another cheap way of maintaining the furniture, instead of beeswax?

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#1 posted 03-30-2012 01:35 AM

I really like Renissance wax. A little pricy but a little bit goes a long ways.

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 05:27 AM

i’m looking for something more local, or can make myself, as an easy way to maintain the product.

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 05:51 AM

NEVER melt beeswax over an open flame or hot plate. If you want to heat it do it by putting the container in another saucepan of water. Should it catch fire treat it like a chip pan and have a wet cloth around to put over it. Wax and turpentine burn worse than any chip pan fire. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Beeswax polish is made by putting equal amounts of beeswax and turpentine in a container, with a lid to stop evaporation, and leaving it in a warm area where the wax will dissolve into the turpentine. It may take a few days to do this and can be speeded up by melting the wax in a metal container (perhaps a smaller saucepan) as described above and then taking it outside and pouring in the turpentine and stirring. Pour it into the final container or tins and leave it to cool and set. A good container is a wide jam jar but any container will do so long as you can enclose it with a lid or the turpentine will evaporate. It’s better to use a little more turpentine than wax because you can always leave it open for a few hours to reduce the turpentine. Only use real turpentine and not turpentine substitute.
For unsealed wood, use a mix with more turps in it and brush onto the wood, as the turps soaks in it takes the wax with it, after first coat leave for 30 minutes then recoat. leave overnight to evaporate the turps and recoat. when it stops soaking in start rubbing with a cloth, then apply the 50/50 past wax with a cloth, and then give it a good, hard polish every day for about a week. After that applying polish every few months will be enough. When the wood is already polished apply the wax polish sparingly i.e. only use a small amount of wax polish.

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 06:21 AM

You could have asked an easier question about beeswax polish. Have tried one recipe that used carnauba wax in it. Both waxes compliments each other for smoothness and durability. If you can, prepare it outside in a double boiler just to be safe and sane. The beauty of making your own is you can make a small test batch of each before deciding which one suits your need. You need to shop around to find the best prices for beeswax. This time of year, the price may drop down because of harvestings. Luck to you.

4 ounces (weight) beeswax
2 tablespoons carnauba wax
2 1/2 cups odorless turpentine or mineral spirits

Melt the waxes on high in a microwave or in a double boiler. Remove the waxes from the heat and stir in the turpentine or mineral spirits. Apply the polish with a clean cloth and rub in small circles. Turn the cloth as it becomes dirty. Allow the polish to dry, then buff with a clean cloth. If more than one coat is desired, wait two days between applications.

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