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#1 posted 07-24-2013 03:31 AM

Are you all using beeswax as a polishing agent for the finished product???

I use beeswax in my assembly procedure and wash it out before staining. Beeswax is great for dealing with wood glue ooze out. When I finally get my joinery to where I want it, I dry fit the build and apply beeswax around all my joints while it is dry fitted, that way no wax gets into my joints, just around them. Once the wax is applied, I disassemble my dry fits, apply my glue, and set the clamps. The excess glue oozes out onto the beeswax… and I let it all dry. The next day, I peel off the oozed out glue, clean off the beeswax with denatured alcohol, and I’m good to stain.

Back to the thread topic… is beeswax good for a finish? I have always used a pate wax and it does a good job. But I’ve been learning woodworking for 30+ years and if you folks swear by your beeswax method… I’m game!

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