Most wood projects need some type of finish to preserve and protect the finished project. Given a lot of my recent projects involve my young twins I needed to come up with a cheap solution to make a strong finish that is both durable and safe for my children.
Coincidentally I also like to make my own mead (honey-wine) for gifts and the occasional indulgence. So I also have an excellent source of Beeswax locally sourced.
- 1 part beeswax
- 1 part oil
- grapeseed, olive, food grade mineral oil are all good examples
I like to mix the solid beeswax in a mason jar with the oil and place it in the microwave. I then heat the mixture for 1-2 minutes or until all of the solids are dissolved.
Be careful here as this combination is very hot and will stick to your skin if spilled.
I then pour this mixture into a tin or jar and allow the mixture to cool.
With just a few minutes of work you can have your own food safe wood finish. Simply use a clean rag to apply the finish and wipe off any excess. Buff for a shiny finish with a clean rag.
Note: I sometime adjust the mixture by adding more or less oil to allow for a softer or harder finished product.
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