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All natural beeswax polish

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The issue:

Had this laying around - a lump of beeswax with lots of impurities from my grandpa.
Wanted a finish I could use on food contacting surfaces (I'm planning to make some cutting boards soon).
 
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Step 1: Basics

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As I've read on various sources all over the internet the right proportion should be 1 part of beeswax to 4 parts of olive oil.

So you should weigh or in some other way (not sure what?) measure your supplies and go for it.
As you can see here - 30g of beeswax with 120g of olive oil should get me somewhere around 150g of polish.
If you're using wax without impurities you may want to grate it.
I used extra virgin olive oil. Any oil would do I guess. The smell with olive oil isn't too nice afterwards, so make your choices. I'd recommend to use something you can get locally, since it's most likely the most fresh and natural.

Step 2: (Don't) kill it with fire!

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Since mine HAD impurities I placed it over a cloth in an oven. After seeing how much of the wax is left in the cloth, not melting into the oil below I added some more on top (didn't weigh it, turned out ok).

Theoretically beeswax melts at around 75 degrees Celsius. I wasn't too patient, so after around 5 minutes in that temperature went  for up to 150 degrees Celsius. Olive oil smoking point is somewhere a bit over 200, so this shouldn't be an issue.
ringai1 year ago
You might want to replace the olive oil in that procedure with mineral oil. Olive oil will eventually go rancid. Mineral oil is a food safe finish. Mineral oil and beeswax is a common finishing for woodturners. Typically it's used while sanding to keep down the dust. It leaves a nice sheen.
Raitis (author)  ringai1 year ago
That would be smart I guess! As far as I've read olive oil beeswax polish will be good for around a year in room temperature or twice that if refrigerated, hopefully I'll use this fast enough, but will probably go for mineral oil if making bigger quantities of this.
Oh, and never heard the thing about using it when turning wood, will have to try it, coughing from wood dust was never a pleasure. (:
ringai Raitis1 year ago
Take a look at Capn Eddie and Carl Jacobson on YouTube. Both are pretty good turners who regularly use mineral oil and one wax or another when sanding. I'll have to admin that I picked up the idea from them.

BTW, did you know that Google+ has a community for Wood Turners? Take a look:

https://plus.google.com/communities/115415739803086090224
Raitis (author)  ringai1 year ago
First video I checked there at Capn Eddie and damn, I already feel like my level of knowledge on wood turning just doubled! Thank so much! (:
ringai Raitis1 year ago
Eddie is a freaking awesome turner. There are dozens of virtual pros on the google+ communities. There's another community named "woodturning." I don't know which group was first, but both are great!
Olive oil does go rancid... you should change the ingredient to mineral oil..
Olive oil will become tacky and smelly in time.... and note that you can use the "digestive lubricant" (tasteless/oderless) mineral oil sold at CVS or any Rx store. (It is cheaper and no additives) and mineral oil is also 100% natural and food safe!
here is one I made on food grade finish http://www.instructables.com/id/100-Food-safe-home-made-wood-finish/
Raitis (author)  SlickSqueegie1 year ago
You're right on that one, but over here in Lithuania wooden surface oiling is still not that popular, so it's hard to get hold of things like that. The only one I found was not odorless. I have checked eBay for it and will probably order some though. (:
nyx7021 year ago
Very cool!

Your next Instructable should be about how to render bees wax from grandpas. I got a bunch of grandpas laying around and I could use some more bees wax.
Raitis (author)  nyx7021 year ago
If you can afford some waste - put it in a glass container, melt, then let it cool. Impurities should layer on the bottom, so after taking the lump out of container just cut off the bottom part of wax with lots of impurities and here you go - pure, natural beeswax.
If I remember correctly - if the wax is left to cool unstirred it should bounce off the glass in at least one place, so should be easy to take out of container (seen in picture).

I believe you could also use some kind of mesh like I did here, but there's way more mess while using one. :)
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I love the turn-table idea for constant stirring, but I don't think this is necessary... I didn't stir my mixture at all after melting the mixture, and it hardened without any separation at all.. I had no skin forming and no soft spots. It is the consistency of chap-stick...
msel1 year ago
thats what I need, thanks :)
sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! I have been wanting to try a natural polish. Have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
Raitis (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Glad to be of help. Share when you use it, some inspiration is always handy!
ChrysN1 year ago
Nice, I love your auto stirrer.
Raitis (author)  ChrysN1 year ago
Thanks. Having a turntable made it easier several times already. Everything else is spinning so fast these times... (: