Introduction: Paste Wax

About: I have been working with wood since I could stumble into the shop with my dad. About a year ago I moved into a house with no space for a full shop so I decided to take up all hand tool wood working. That start…

I Use Paste wax for all kinds of things from rust protection to lubricant on planes, to wood finishes, and a ton of other applications. the thing that surprises people is how easy it is to make. with just a few simple tools and 5 minutes of time, you can make up your new favorite wood finish!

You will find recipes of all kinds of mixtures and ingredients but in basic it is an oil suspended in a wax that is solid at room temperature. Some of these mixes are thousands of years old and have all kinds of uses. For most of mine, I use Beeswax and Raw Linseed Oil, but different waxes and oils will give you different uses from rust protectant to traditional remedies, to your own homemade lip balm.

Tools Needed

Dubble boiler, OR

small crockpot, OR

Strong coffee warmer and Coffie cup, OR

a set of pots and pans or glass bowl

Supplies Needed

BeesWax -

Linseed oil -

Container - plastic salsa container, or pickle jar, or whatever you want to put it in!

Step 1: The Setup

I have used a ton of different ways to heat the wax but all you need is some container that you can heat up to around 150F-200F (65C-95C) The traditional method is a double boiler. the nice thing about this is you can not overheat it because the hottest it will get is the temperature of boiling water. But any set of pots and pans where one can fit in another will work. some like to put a glass pot in a metal pan and put it over the eye of the stove. I just use a smaller pan and let it float in a larger pot. I like having the handle to grab.

Step 2:

So once the container is starting to heat up I add the ingredients and start the wax to melting.

I like to use 3 different mixes.

2 parts wax to 1 part Oil (hard)

2 parts wax to 3 parts oil (Medium)

1 part wax to 2 parts oil (soft)

I like Beeswax and raw linseed oil, but you can change the wax and oil to anything you want. some people like to add essential oils for aroma or other body uses. For a whiter look use paraffin wax.

for oils, you can use mineral oil for cutting boards, or Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood finishes. your imagination is the limit.

Step 3: Cure

Once the wax is all melted and it is well mixed then you can pour it into your container of choice. I use pickle jars and salsa containers. Then, put it in the refrigerator tell it is solid and it is ready to use.

Step 4: USES

You just made yourself Paste Wax.

I can not stress how many possible mixes you could make or how many uses you can come up with but here are a few of my favorites.

Hard - rust prevention on cast iron surfaces and hand tools. reduce Friction on wood on wood slides. re-waxing Waxes-canvas

Medium - lubricant on saws and plane bottoms and power planes. End grain cutting board finishes. Lip Balm

Soft - Wood finish. Furniture rejuvenator. Hair grease!

Have fun and see what you can come up with!