Introduction: Candle Polish Wood
My bathroom was designed with the towel rack as far as possible from the shower. I placed a couple hooks near by to fix that. Over time the hooks worked loose. They still did the job but looked awful. With some poplar and a candle I made it nice again.
A few great things about doing a candle finish:
- No noxious fumes.
- It's non-toxic.
- Application is fast and simple.
- It's cheap! (One candle does a lot of projects).
I'll take you through the whole project but if you just want the polishing part skip to step 3.
Step 1: Cutting and Shaping
I used the hook to guess a measurement on how tall the wood backing should be. I just wanted it a little taller than the hook itself. After cutting the wood I rounded the edge over with a 3/8" router bit. You can see the old hook locations in the last 2 photos.
Step 2: Adding Hardware
Using my trusty square I marked pilot holes for the hardware. I drilled six holes and countersunk two for mounting it on the wall. Those will eventually be covered by the hooks. Before moving on I sanded it with 220 grit sand paper.
Step 3: Waxing Wood
To do this I used a plain white candle, propane torch, and heat gun. The torch melts the wax off the candle fast. Once there was a line down the center I used a sponge applicator to spread it around. Since it's wax it solidifies when cool. To help the application I used a heat gun. Don't use a torch to heat the wax on the wood. You could burn it.
Step 4: Burnishing Wood
When the wood is evenly coated, load a paper towel with wax. Do this by dripping the molten wax on directly on the towel. Rub the waxed towel in small circles against the entire surface.
Step 5: Buffing Wood
By now you should have a shine building up. Finish by buffing the wood with a few drops of water and a cotton cloth.
Note: Don't wear the shirt you'r wife got you for Christmas while doing this. Wax is difficult to get out of clothing.
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I would definitely suggest making sure you use a 100% beeswax candle or even simply melting beeswax beads (available at candle-making supply places), as many of the less-expensive candles are made of paraffin with stearic acid mixed in -- and the stearic acid might cause some discoloration of the wood. Check the ingredients on the candle before using.
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Your first photo looks like you attached the hook directly to the sheetrock, which is notorious for poor holding qualities. Hopefully, you located the studs in the wall and screwed the board to those. They're usually 16 " on centers the screw shown doesn't seem to be of sufficient length to attach the board to the studs, considering the board is 3/4 " and the usual sheetrock thickness is 1/2".
To get a solid attachment I'd recommend using a screw that is at least the thickness of the board,+ the sheetrock, and add another 1/2 inch, to that so that penetration into the stud is proper.
A weight bearing object, even if only a lightweight item, needs to be firmly attached to the
stud behind the sheetrock, to avoid a repeat of what happened to the first hook.
Hi Mrballeng, just wondering if you used beeswax? And if the back needs the wax finish to keep it from warping? Thanks.