Finishing a Honey Dipper

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Forum topic by Redoak49 posted 02-05-2021 10:18 PM 752 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2021 10:18 PM

I have turned a couple of Honey Dippers. One from Maple and another from Cherry and I would like to put a protective finish on them. I was thinking of either mineral oil or Beeswax. Anyone have a suggestion?

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#1 posted 02-05-2021 11:37 PM

I think you need to seal them against intrusion from not only the the honey but the water/soap that will be used to clean the honey off…... so I would use a poly finish possibly even better a salad bowl finish from General or Behlen’s. They are infinitely washable with no re-applying needed like an oil finish.

If that is not what your are looking for then I would apply a couple of coats of processed walnut oil (Mahoney’s) and when it is cured dry 48 or so hours, use a paste wax as a top coat. Mahoney’s actually sells those to as a combo on Amazon.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 02-06-2021 02:07 AM

Pure tung oil and citrus solvent works well

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#3 posted 02-06-2021 01:48 PM

Just mineral oil will work I like finishing on the lathe. Some folks like using bees wax & mineral oil mix.

Both methods are food safe and easy to reapply if needed.

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#4 posted 02-06-2021 02:07 PM

I would probably use a BLO and beeswax mix. Tried and Trues original wood finish is one that has both and no other additives, like heavy metal driers that some BLO mixtures have.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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