How to Make a Beeswax Wood Finish

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There are many wood finishers available on the market; however beeswax is the perfect natural base ingredient for finish. Applying a beeswax finish to bare wood will help to protect it from scratches, water damage and wear and will also give it a beautiful, natural glow. Beeswax finish is easy and affordable to make at home and can be used on any type of wood.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Linseed oil
  • Sauce pan
  • Beeswax
  • Double boiler
  • Turpentine
  • Soft cotton cloth
  • Wool cloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Bring 1 pint of linseed oil to a boil in a regular sauce pan and set aside to cool. Do not allow the linseed oil to burn, or it will add a dark color to the finish. Once boiling, remove from heat immediately.

  2. 2

    Melt 1 pound of beeswax slowly in a double boiler and remove from heat. Never heat beeswax in a standard pan, as it can easily catch fire when exposed to direct heat.

  3. 3

    Add the linseed oil to the melted beeswax and stir in 1 pint of turpentine. Odorless turpentine is best if you can find it.

  4. 4

    Apply a light layer of the beeswax wood finish a dab at a time with a soft cotton cloth. Once dry, reapply if necessary. When finished, buff the surface with a wool cloth. It is best to apply the finish when warm, so reheat the beeswax mixture before use.

Tips and warnings

  • When refinishing wood, remove the older layers of your beeswax finish with an organic solvent, such as turpentine.
  • This beeswax finish can also be used to protect, preserve and restore leather.

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