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Forum topic by Cbraun posted 06-25-2017 02:56 AM 694 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2017 02:56 AM

Looking for a quick finish for some tool handles, was looking into a using wax and I see people using a wax and oil mix. My question is if you combined a drying oil like tung or walnut by the Crock-Pot or double boil method with beeswax wouldnt the wax interfere with the process of the oil drying? I see articles where people are doing this and just raises the question in my mind about the oil turning rancid.

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#1 posted 06-25-2017 04:35 PM

Give a mix of turpentine and bees wax a try, works well on many things.

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#2 posted 06-25-2017 06:32 PM

Well, it won’t turn rancid. AFAIK, that happens with NON drying oils. It might take a while longer to cure, I’m thinking the wax will inhibit the contact with oxygen somewhat slowing the process. My experience with this is using beeswax dissolved in turpentine, then mixed with BLO for benchtop finishing… works well for that purpose (and it cures, eventually).

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 11:07 AM

Thanks for the replies, I picked up some Howard’s feed and shine in the mean time with beeswax/carnuba and orange oil. Will give the turpentine/wax a try when I have time. Hate paying for products that I can make myself for much cheaper.

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