Making Beeswax Polish

Today I've been making my own wax polish, so I thought I'd take some photos and post some info about the process I use. Making your own polish isn't necessarily a cheaper alternative to what you can buy ready made. But for me, being able to easily alter the mixture depending on it's intended use is convenient, plus I can make it in small batches. All the ingredients I use are natural.. it's just beeswax, carnauba wax and regular walnut oil. Other oils such as olive oil will work fine if you prefer, or if you have a nut allergy.

The mix I'm using this time is 75% oil, 20% wax and 5% carnauba wax (measured by weight).

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First, I grate the block of beeswax to help speed up the melting process (Microplane wood rasps come in very handy for this).

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I use a double boiler to melt the wax, consisting of a small saucepan and a tin can, which has a hole drilled in the side and a makeshift handle fitted, made from a scrap piece of wood and a threaded insert.

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For heat, I use the same little butane burner I use with my bending iron, it gets up to temperature in no time. First I add the wax, then once that's melted I gradually pour in the walnut oil and stir well.

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Once everything is well mixed together, I pour the liquid into the jars. It's a good idea to pre-heat the glass jars before doing this, to avoid the possibility of them cracking when the hot oil is added.

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It's as simple as that. The mixture is left to cool naturally, then it's ready to use. If you're not happy with the consistency, you can always re-melt it and adjust the mixture.

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The finished wax polish works very well, it's easy to buff and leaves a nice clear finish without 'yellowing' pale woods too much, unlike a lot of the turps based polishes I've used in the past (no nasty smell either). It looks (and feels) great when used over the top of an oil finish but it can be used directly onto bare wood as well, or used to polish up old furniture etc. It's also handy for waxing planer tables or cleaning tools to prevent rusting.