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Forum topic by nate22 posted 04-02-2012 11:47 AM 1932 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2012 11:47 AM

Hi lumberjocks, I am wondering is beeswax a good finish to use on furniture. I have a customer that wants me to use beeswax polish or cream. I was seeing if you have ever used it and how did you like it. Is it hard to put on or easy. I have never used it before so this will be my first time using it. Any advice will help. thanks

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 04:10 PM

Hi Nate—

I have used this Skidmore's product.

I cannot compare it with other beeswax products.

I use it on small things but have not used it on furniture.

I like the ease of application (it’s thinner than a paste, thicker than a liquid) and the aroma.

I also appreciate that the maker is not Procter and Gamble, but rather a small business started by a guy who needed the product, did the homework, and is presenting it to the world. And he seems to be very environmentally sensitive.

I’d suggest giving it a try on a nice sample of the wood you’re going to use and let the client respond.





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#2 posted 04-03-2012 07:35 PM

It should be relatively easy. Beeswax is normally dissolved in an oil of some sort and applied that way. I have found pure beeswax some places, but prefer to apply it dissolved in another oil.

I use one type commonly that is beeswax in orange oil (it may be Howard’s… I can’t remember). It works great for the cutting boards (not used often for cutting) and it’s foodsafe. I also applied it to some 200 yr old pine that was used as a table top to protect the wood from moisture damage. It does so somewhat well, but I wouldn’t depend on it to protect like a shell type (poly/shellac) finish.

Usually you should apply it once or, at the most, twice a year (unless on a cutting or food prep surface).

As with any wax, you’ll want to make sure it has had time to set up before you buff it out. It is easy to apply and work with and usually doesn’t take more than some different applicators (cloths) and maybe a little steel wool in some instances.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 03:48 AM


We bought a table and hutch from Wana Cabinet and furniture store over in shipshewana. It was finished with Howards Feed and Wax. It’s made of Beeswax and Orange Oil. You can buy it at Wana Cabinet and furniture store or from I apply it at least 2 to 3 times a year. The table seats 16, so we use a lot of it.

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 04:25 AM

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 12:13 AM

“Tried & True” makes a finish with Polymerized Linseed Oil and Beeswax. Non-Toxic. Takes a while to dry although smells great and is very easy to use. I believe Woodcraft carries it.
Might be worth a try,

-- Retrowood

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 12:52 AM

I think beeswax is a little soft for my taste, I prefer carnuba.

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 02:00 AM

I like the Sam Malloof finishing recipe (final coats are blo/tung/beeswax)

You can also mix beeswax with turpentine

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#8 posted 04-13-2012 03:12 PM

I finish my bows and wands with a mix of beeswax and mineral oil, about 50/50. I doubt this would stand up to furniture use though.

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