Beeswax wood finish recipe!
Everyone likes wood, but when it’s finished with a nice sexy wax that makes the grain pop like a 3D movie, nobody can resist touching it. At least, that’s how I feel…
A good wood finish, especially for tool handles of axes, hammers and knives should protect the wood against humidity and prevent it from drying and cracking. Tool handles endure a lot of abuse and should be treated with some TLC regularly. I don’t like coatings that seal the wood completely, they look like plastic and contain all kinds of chemicals that I don’t trust. True, they’ll survive a nuclear attack but I like wood that feels like actual wood and smells like, well, beeswax… Another disadvantage of these hyper-technical types of finishes is that, when damaged, it’s a pain to touch them up.
No, no, no, my recipe is much better. It’s grippy but not sticky, providing a good grip on the tool. Last but not least it’s food safe. At least, I think it is. Not sure about the terpentine though.
- 100 gr. Beeswax
- 100 gr. Carnauba wax (from the Carnauba palm tree, it’s the same stuff that give M&Ms their shine.
- 300 cl. Terpentine
This amount will last you a long time, it’s cheap, natural and home made. F*ck industrial, DIY rules!
How to apply it:
I usually heat it with a heatgun to liquify it a bit and rub it in with a cotton cloth. Let it dry for 10 minutes and buff it. Ready. It’s also works one leather knife sheaths, walking boots, etc…
You can vary the recipe a bit by adding Lanoline (grease from sheeps wool) to give it a softer texture, like shoeshine.
How it’s made:
The tools you”ll need. A scale, a gas stove, a pan, a measuring device for liquids and a wooden stick.
The ingredients: Carnauba wax, beeswax and terpentine.
This is slow cooking, terpentine has a low combustion temperature and is highly flammable. When it gets too hot it will ignite. Add the terpentine bit by bit. Keep that fire blanket ready!!!
Tom de Ruijter
Thanks for this nice and easy recipe Dimi ! Works great.
Strongly recommended for a natural finish.