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Re: Mineral Oil and Beeswax
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Mineral Oil and Beeswax ()

Mike Stafford
I'll second the beeswax and mineral oil. It is easy to apply and easy to maintain and is food safe.

All of my kitchen tools are finished with beeswax and mineral oil. It couldn't be easier to make.

Start with a cup of mineral oil.
You also need 2 ounces of beeswax.

Pour the mineral oil into the pan and add the beeswax. Melt over low heat just until the beeswax has completely dissolved, stirring as it melts. Once the mixture is blended, remove from heat. Allow it to cool for a few minutes minutes so it's not too hot to pour into a glass jar. Then pour it into the jar and allow it to finish cooling completely. Add a lid and store at ambient temperatures.

When I use it I scoop some onto a smooth clean cloth like T-shirt material and knead it into the cloth. Wipe the oil/wax mixture directly onto the wood, adding enough to evenly coat the entire surface. Allow it to sit for a while to let the wood absorb some. With a clean rag wipe off the excess vigorously to build up some heat which helps the finish melt into the wood. If you apply the finish on the lathe while the turning is rotating you can easily get an even coat and build up friction to melt it into the wood. Buffing with clean soft cloth gives a nice satin sheen.

Most of the time I just store my rag in the jar and use it to rub on some finish while the turning is still rotating on the lathe. For small objects you almost never have to scoop more onto the rag.

Best part of an oil/wax finish is that it is really good at hiding little sanding imperfections.

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Suggestions on a classroom finish sought
for food or just handling protection?
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The green blanks are dry enough to finish? *NM*
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Plenty of confusion to me
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I wouldn'd consider a spray finish.....
Mineral Oil and Beeswax
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Beeswax finish
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Just Beeswax
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Finishing additives
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There are alternatives...
Qualalacq
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Where do you buy this Qualalacq Mike? *NM*
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