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Just Beeswax

John K Jordan
>>>... it will show fingerprints and it will become grimy over time if the wax isn't thoroughly friction melted into the wood. If the surface is tacky when you are done then you are not done as the finish hasn't properly melted into the wood. It should feel silky smooth but not tacky.

I've used just beeswax as a finish, mostly on eastern red cedar. I've applied it by friction and we've used one small serving platter for about 5 years now. I rubbed any excess off with a cotton cloth, off the lathe.

For a darker look on cedar you can melt the wax into the wood with a heat gun. I warm the wood then rub the wax stick which melts a little. Then apply more heat to melt that and rub on a little more. The excess rubs off easily. This way is good to even out the if you get some streaks

All pure beeswax is yellow directly from the hive. It can be bleached in the sun to turn it white but I think most suppliers use a chemical bleach. I bought some white wax once and it seemed to work fine but since I get it from the beehives now I have a lot of the yellow. I usually use the white on screw threads and such - used it yesterday to lubricate a large drill bit that was squealing when drilling a deep hole for a tool handle.

I cut big pieces of beeswax into more useful sizes with the bandsaw.

JKJ

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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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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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