Introduction: 15 Awesome Wax Hacks! What to Do With Beeswax

Here are some really cool uses of wax. Some are with oil, some are with solvents, but all are pretty useful for woodworking, or just anyone interested in making life easier.

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Step 1: Beeswax Recipes

Wax is used for all kinds of things, here I have gathered a couple of cool ideas. When combining these wax combination you need to heat up the oil or spirits first. Then you can add solid or melted beeswax to form a concoction. Beeswax was used in all of these applications.

1. FURNITURE POLISH 4:1 Linseed Oil / Wax

2. SAWBLADE 4:1 Mineral Oil / Wax

3. FABRIC WATERPROOFING 1:1 Mineral Spirits / Wax

(Dip fabric in melted wax & mineral spirits and let dry)

4. CUTTING BOARD 4:1 Mineral Oil / Wax

5. DRY SKIN 4:1 Olive Oil / Wax + Aromatic Oils (optional)

6. TABLE SAW 4:1 Mineral Oil / Wax

7. LEATHER CARE 4:1 Linseed Oil / Wax

8. MAKE YOUR OWN SINKER NAILS 3:1 Mineral Spirits / Wax

(Coat nails in melted mineral spirits and wax, let dry)

9. WOODEN SPOONS 4:1 Mineral Oil / Wax

10. WATERPROOFING MATCHES 3:1 Mineral Spirits / Wax

(Coat matches in melted mineral spirits and wax, let dry)

11. WAXIFIED DANISH OIL 4:1 Danish Oil / Wax

12. RUST PROTECTION 4:1 Mineral Oil / Wax

13. PROTECTING OUTDOOR FURNITURE 4:1 Linseed Oil / Wax

14. DRAWER SLIDERS 4:1 Mineral Oil / Wax

15. FIRE STARTERS 1:1 Sawdust / Wax

(Combine melted wax with sawdust and pour into wooden mold that can be taken apart or silicon mold. Remove from mold when stiff and cut into smaller pieces.)

Tips:

1: When melting a large amount of beeswax, using a dedicated shop slow cooker will do the job easily.

2. Looking for cheaper mineral oil? Pick up baby oil instead, it's made of 100% mineral oil.

Comments

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bbkong (author)2015-12-22

I use two different methods for the firestarter. If you use a hardwood sawdust and pour it into a plastic ice cube tray with a bit of candle wick, one cube will burn long enough to start a good fire. I also stir redwood chips into the wax and keep stirring till the wax cools. It gives you loose chips you can keep in a bag and use by the handful as you need.

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ellina15 (author)2015-09-25

Thenk you very much for video. It is realy great.

Please, could you explain what mineral spirit is? Is it that "white spirit"? But it stinks! Perhaps you use something else for fabric?

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nightninja87 (author)2014-10-09

how long does that fire starter last for? and would it work well for starting charcoal

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Nighteye (author)nightninja872014-10-09

I'm guessing it lasts 30 seconds; since that would be a good amount of time to put on some dry grass and sticks.

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ellina15 (author)Nighteye2015-09-25

It lasts more then 30 seconds. I use not sawdust, but ruspings (hope, it's right word). I mean something like wood chips, not dust. Put them into cardboard egg cartons and poor melted wax. 3 "eggs" are enough to make good fire from wood or charcoal.

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darbinorvar (author)nightninja872014-10-09

Well the amount in the whole mold would probably last for way over an hour. The smaller bits I lit lasted about 10-15 min.

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nightninja87 (author)darbinorvar2014-10-09

awesome thanks one last question would it be possible to make in one of those flexible molds? and is the sawdust measured by weight or by volume?

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darbinorvar (author)nightninja872014-10-09

I would think silicon would be perfect. The saw dust was measured by volume.

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trevmust (author)2014-12-09

oh also, I'll have to ask my dad what kind of wax he uses, but he uses a wax and water mixture to fill in scratches on his veneer countertops.

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trevmust (author)2014-12-09

Parafin wax would work great for the firestarter bit as well, probably better than the beeswax

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funguscolombicus (author)2014-12-09

the proportions are volume or weight ?

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ccronkhite (author)2014-10-16

I've also seen recipes for leather conditioners that use beeswax

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ØysteinT (author)ccronkhite2014-11-13

it was in the video...

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connie46 (author)2014-10-23

Never mind guys posted to the wrong thing sorry

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connie46 (author)2014-10-23

How to broken off bolt

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ccronkhite (author)2014-10-16

You have table saw on here, does that go on the blade? Saw blade was mentioned earlier in the list. Or does it go on a different part?

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darbinorvar (author)ccronkhite2014-10-16

See video...

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ccronkhite (author)darbinorvar2014-10-17

oh, sorry, didn't notice that its a video.

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gronan1 (author)2014-10-14

An easy sourçe for bees wax are the wax rings plumbers use for mounting toilets. You can get them at any hardware store or big box home center.

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RayJN (author)gronan12014-10-17

I am wonder about the purity of a wax ring intended for a toilet seal. You may not want it on your skin or cutting board.

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gronan1 (author)RayJN2014-10-17

Probably not food grade but for waterproofing or metal protection it should be fine.
I believe that is why bee's wax is so expensive. Food grade anything always cost more.

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darbinorvar (author)gronan12014-10-16

That's a great tip.

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thebeatonpath (author)2014-10-15

This was AWESOME!

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Thanks!

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Watched your workshop video and was inspired! My dream space!

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RayJN (author)2014-10-17

Depending on how big a pieces you want you could use an ice cube try or egg carton, instead of a larger wooden mold.

Food grade mineral oil vs baby oil----the baby oil contains perfume, which I find unpleasant and one of the many perfumes that I am allergic to.

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kevinkayotic (author)2014-10-16

isnt this just like 5 basic mixes but used on 15 different things?

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darbinorvar (author)kevinkayotic2014-10-16

would you rather 15 basic mixes used on 5 different things? :)

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kevinkayotic (author)darbinorvar2014-10-17

I just think it would be more efficient to say,

Mix 1: can do thing "a", thing "b", thing "c".

Mix 2: can do thing "d", thing "e"

and so on till all 5 mixes are covered, just seems jumbled to me.

Just a thought, love the video! I am constantly making stuff with my beeswax! I love actually mixing it with unrefined organic coconut oil and using it as a skin moisturizer/repair! Great for chapped lips in the winter! smells like almond joy as well! YUM!

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dvanrenselaar (author)2014-10-15

Baby oil is not always mineral oil. In fact most baby oil is petroleum distillates. Not a good idea to try ingesting or using on food processing tools.

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Mineral oil is a petroleum distillate, and baby oil simply has perfume added. The safety of this as a food product is in question, but like everything the amount should be considered. Use on a cutting board is a common way to protect the boards and uses a very minimal amount of the oil, which eventually washes away anyway. But you are right to always be concerned about ingesting such things.

Thanks for your comment.

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normaljim (author)2014-10-15

Awesome, Wax has become an item of research for me on the net during the last year. I haven't come up with a lot I hate to say. I have an old but very well made treadmill and I am looking to recreate the wax based lubricants that are used on both the walking deck (a hard wax, carbuba maybe) and on the bottom of moving belt, a soft wax (paraffin usually). Any thoughts anybody has would be appreciated.

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cybercapri (author)2014-10-14

Excellent use of Wax, thanks for adding the ratios in your video...

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darbinorvar (author)cybercapri2014-10-14

You are welcome. There are so many possibilities with the ratios, but 4:1 is a good place to start.

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cybercapri (author)darbinorvar2014-10-14

Thanks... I look forward to your many new videos...

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diykiwibloke (author)2014-10-09

Thank you darbinorvar. Very professional, useful and clear. Love your blog too.

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darbinorvar (author)diykiwibloke2014-10-14

Thank you!

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Kafukai (author)2014-10-10

Wow, that's so cool! There's another one:

Glossy wax polish for polishing wood. Melt 3:1 Bee Wax /Carnauba

Wax. Remove from heat, stir 3:1 turpentine/ the mixed wax. Your furnitures will look shiny than ever.

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darbinorvar (author)Kafukai2014-10-14

Thanks for the tip!

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warehouse32 (author)2014-10-10

This is incredibly useful! When you mentioned "linseed oil" is this raw or boiled linseed oil?

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darbinorvar (author)warehouse322014-10-14

I used raw in the video, but boiled works just as well.

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kakashibatosi (author)2014-10-10

Great tip on the mineral oil (baby oil)! How much does that giant block of beeswax weigh that keeps showing up in the video, and where on earth did you get such a large block?! I'll have to whip up some mineral/wax to keep on hand; seems pretty useful :)

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The block I have is 10 pounds. Call a local apiary. They probably sell at a farmers market.

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Jobar007 (author)kakashibatosi2014-10-10

Beekeepers have large chunks of wax from decapping while extracting honey. My grandfather (professional keeper and bee researcher) always had gigantic chunks of wax just laying around in his shop.

How to get them? Befriend a beekeeper or become one. You could also buy it but it get expensive really fast going down that route.

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yonygg (author)2014-10-12

I love the Fire Starter (#15)!

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darbinorvar (author)yonygg2014-10-14

Thank you!

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jolshefsky (author)2014-10-14

It looks like there are a couple mixtures that are useful for more stuff:

• #3, #5, #11, and #15 are unique mixes
• 3:1 Mineral Spirits / Wax makes sinker nails and waterproofing matches
• 4:1 Linseed Oil / Wax makes furniture polish, leather care, and protects outdoor furniture
• 4:1 Mineral Oil / Wax is for sawblades, cutting boards, table saws, wooden spoons, rust protection, and drawer sliders

Interesting stuff all around ...

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darbinorvar (author)jolshefsky2014-10-14

Thanks for your comment! The ratios are pretty flexible. Use less oil if you want a firmer mix. You can really play with different oils though, flax, walnut...etc.

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emachine56 (author)2014-10-14

emachine560 seconds agoReply

Very
nice and useful...having all of the recipes together with examples is
great. Don't want to sound sexist or anything but it's really good to
see women in shops doing "guy stuff," you give our daughters good,
positive examples and help us dads and granddads encourage and teach
another generation. Go girl!

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darbinorvar (author)emachine562014-10-14

Thank you.

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