Introduction: Natural Beeswax Wood Polish
I make a lot of wooden projects. There are a million different ways to finish a wood project but my favorite finish is a wax/oil blend. Otherwise known as a wax polish. This wood polish is a 1:3 ratio. I made a video to help explain the process.
If you dont feel like making this I also sell it in my etsy store.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
Step 2: Melting the Wax
This ratio will give you 8 oz of wood polish.
Measure out 2 oz of beeswax and pour it into the crock pot. My crock pot didnt have any heat setting so I assume it was on low. This took about a hour to melt but I would use a crock pot that you could put on high. Make sure you stay next to wax because beeswax is flammable.
Step 3: Adding the Oil
Pour out 6 oz of oil.
Once the wax is melted slowly add in the oil. Since the oil is colder than the wax it will start to clump up. Just keep stirring it and it will melt back down in a few minutes. I used a small dowel to mix everything together.
Step 4: Pouring the Wax Into Containers
I transferred the melted wax polish to a measuring cup to make it easier to pour into the cans. Make sure to wear oven mitts since the pot will be hot. I poured my wax into two 4 oz tins. Now wait a few hour for them to harden up before use.
Step 5: Enjoy Your New Wax Polish
This is a good project for any level of skill. Use a dry cloth to rub some polish into the wood. Wait a few minutes and come back with a different section of the cloth and buff it out to a nice sheen. This wax polish makes the wood super soft to the touch. Its basically as soft a baby's bottom. Let me know in the comments if you make some or have any questions.
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50+ years ago I learned a similar formula from a man as old and seasoned as I am now. He used 1/3 beeswax, 1/3 linseed oil and 1/3 Paint thinner. (Not for food prep surfaces.) Worked fine.
Can this be used on painted wood just to make it shine.The paint is matte finish and I would like it to shine without repainting
Can you use veg oil
Generally a very bad idea. The vegetable oil will go rancid as it is exposed to oxygen. Tung oil, cutting board oil (generally just mineral oil--without fragrances), boiled linseed oil, and other oils meant to be used as wood finishes will not go rancid.
If you want a food-safe finish, use mineral oil. It is inexpensive at drug stores--just make sure you get pure mineral oil with no fragrances, and definitely not "baby oil" (which is mineral oil with fragrance). And, if you use mineral oil, the polish makes a very good skin moisturizer (so feel free to get the polish all over your hands as you finish your cutting board, then rub it in to your hands for soft skin).
No. Veg oil will turn rancid over time.
Can this be used as furniture polish on wood that is already finished or is it meant for unfinished wood only?
It can be applied on top of other finishes.
Just wondering if it would work as well to warm the oil, then stir in the beeswax and let it melt?
My Great Uncle used beeswax polish on all the beautiful furniture he built, but I was a little kid at the time and never learned how he made the polish. Thanks!!
That would probably work well. You can set the bottle of oil in warm water then it shouldn’t make the wax clump up when you add it.
This could be use instead of a varnish coat? It protects the wood against marks or stains?
It does, but only partially, and you have to redo it periodically.
The wax goes into the wood pores, but doesn't seal the wood completely. If something wet, like red wine or blueberry juice, isn't cleaned quickly, it goes deep into the wood and stains it permanently. If something less fluid, like ash or charcoal, falls onto the wood, it doesn't go deep into the pores, can be cleaned off by rubbing the wood thoroughly, and then the waxing can be redone. Without the wax, even cocoa powder would get a hold onto wood, making it close to impossible to clean.
I use beeswax un-mixed with oil to once in a blue moon (that's maybe every five of seven years) redo a wooden board I use for kneading dough - I repeatedly heat it with a heat gun and rub it in. Without the wax, dough sticks quite easily to the board. With the wax, it has to be really-really sticky to stick. Even then, it's rather easy to rub off. However, I don't much care about stains on that board, nor does it usually get in touch with staining things. The occasional re-waxing keeps the wood's look fresh, as if it was just sawn.
On items that come into contact with foods, (Wooden spoons, cutting boards etc.) Use this instead of varnish. I make this as well, except I use mineral oil, which is food safe.
It depends. If your making a table I would probably use a varnish for most other things it should hold up well. Polished like this is commanly used in cuttinging boards so it should be ok standing up again stains.
What is the clean up process for the crock pot? How wearable is the wood finish? Can you use any wood finishing oil as the oil? In your example you appear to use tung oi, will other oils work? Is there a best oil to use?
I've found that bar keepers friend works pretty good for cleaning up wax and propolis, however it's probably pretty bad for the croc pot.
For the crock pot I let it cool a bit and when it is warm i use a paper towel to wipe it out. The wood finish appears to hold up pretty well. But if the item was gonna sit outside a lot I would prob go with something else. I think pure tung oil or mineral oil is the best to use. You can also use walnut oil, coconut oil, and raw linseed oil. Hope this helps.