Everyone wants to have a great and shiny wood finish for their homes, whether for wooden toys, furniture, or wooden floors. Though there are a lot of finishes available in the market, beeswax is one of the most popular to use. It keeps the wood scratch-free and water proof. Plus, it doesn’t need much polishing to come out with a definitive shine. If you want to use a beeswax wood finish and want to know how to make one, here are the things you need to do.
- Prepare the materials. You’ll need a pound of beeswax and about a cup of oil. You can use different oils like coconut, walnut, olive, or jojoba oil. Get the beeswax and either use a cheese grater or pound it with a hammer to smash the beeswax into smaller pieces. It will make the beeswax easier to melt, and allows you to have the correct beeswax measurement prior to melting. As much as possible, the measurement should be one part of beeswax for every four parts of oil.
- Melt the beeswax. Some people opt to use microwave to melt the beeswax, but it is not recommended since it can easily ignite the beeswax. To safely melt the beeswax, place the oil and beeswax mixture in a dry and small container. Add an amount of water in a larger container. The amount of water shouldn’t be too much that the smaller container floats, nor too small that the water easily evaporates. Put the water to a temperature where it’s just about to boil before putting in the smaller container. Make sure to stir the oil and beeswax frequently until the beeswax melts completely. Do not cover the container so that no water condenses inside the container. Likewise, take care not to spill any oil or beeswax in the stove or near the fire to prevent accidents. Once you’re sure that the beeswax has completely melted, remove it from the fire and leave it to cool. If you prefer to add fragrance to the finish, add it at this point.
If you don’t want to use heat to melt the beeswax due to possible accidents, you can use turpentine instead. Place the shaved or pounded beeswax into a container or a jar and fill it with turpentine until the container is almost full. You can also add fragrances at this time. Cover the container top with plastic before sealing it with the container lid. This will help keep the turpentine smell from leaking out. Keep the jar in a warm place in your home or outside under the sun, otherwise the mixture may end up solidifying. Make sure that you shake the jar contents daily to make the beeswax and turpentine mix fully.
- Apply the finish. Heat the beeswax finish first before applying as it’s easier to do it this way. Get a slightly damp cloth and apply a small amount to your wood. Let it completely dry before applying other coats. Use a dry cloth afterwards to buff and shine the surface.
Making and using a beeswax wood finish is quite easy. Just don’t forget the safety requirements, especially when heating or melting the beeswax.