This 'ible is the process of creating my own DIY beeswax wood finishes, and then testing each of those finishes. I want to make something that gives the sheen of oil but the protection of a wax.
For these waxes I'm experimenting with different ratios of Boiled Linseed Oil and Danish Oil.
I'm hoping to find just the right ratio to make the wax firm but flexible. I'm going to try a few more times until I get it just right. I may also try it with Tung Oil in the future.
Other oils can be used. Some people even use olive oil, I'm going to try and stay away from anything that could potentially go rancid.
Materials Used for making finishes:
Linseed Oil: http://amzn.to/1Xt1ZsC
Danish Oil: http://amzn.to/22j9UvP
Measuring Cup: http://amzn.to/1Ueh8j2
Glass dishes: http://amzn.to/1nMivYp
Small Mason Jar: http://amzn.to/1UehiqJ
Materials Used for testing finishes:
Random Orbit Sander, 5-Inch: http://amzn.to/1Ux66o8
Tack Cloth: http://amzn.to/1XtrtGg
Total Time: about 20 minutes per finish
Step 1: Measure Out and Combine Your Ingredients
This step is really where the experimenting comes into play. I suspect I'll be making quite a few batches before I find the ratio that works best for me. If you decide to try your own you should experiment as well to find what works best for you.
I found that when measuring the beeswax it melts to about half the volume for the solid. For example, I melted 4 ounces of solid wax and that rendered about 2 ounces of liquid.
For this batch I tried four different combinations
1:1 Beeswax to Boiled Linseed Oil
1:2 Beeswax to Boiled Linseed Oil
1:1 Beeswax to Danish Oil
1:2 Beeswax to Danish Oil
Step 2: Melt the Wax and Pour the Finish
Place the jar into a pot of boiling water to create a double boiler effect. You want a low boiling not a rolling boil. Stir occasionally until all of the wax is melted.
Once the wax has been reduced to a liquid state, carefully pour into your glass containers.
Let the containers cool until the finish is solidified once more. (You can place it in the refrigerator if you are in a hurry).
Cover and label your finish.
*Once I find the ratios I want I will use a jar or tin with a lid for better storage but since this is an experiment I'm just using the small containers i had laying around.
Step 3: Test Out the Finishes
go out to the shop and grab some scrap wood, and clamp it down to a bench.
sand the wood up to 220 and clean off the dust with denatured alcohol
Then apply each finish to the wood, allow the finishing wax to set and then buff off the excess.
I found both of the 1:1 ratios to be to hard, and could not apply the finish easily.
So I grabbed another board and but the two 1:2 ratios to the test.
I plan on making some adjustments to my ratios and trying again. Possibly adding a Tung Oil mixture as well.
It's hard to tell the difference in the pictures, but if you watch the video and have an opinion on weather A-Danish Oil or B-Linseed Oil turned out better I'd love to have your opinion below.
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