How to make your own homemade beeswax polish suitable for crafters, woodworkers & woodturners

A simple recipe for making homemade beeswax furniture polish suitable for Carvings, wood working projects, Wood turning projects and Furniture.
Using only two ingredient, the basic recipe can also be tweaked to create stained wax polish, scented polish and even hard carnuba turning sticks, all from the kitchen (assuming you have the bosses permission!)

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  1. Alice Anderson
    Alice Anderson 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    thanks richard enjoyed the video

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  2. David Hooley
    David Hooley 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Hi enjoyed the video. A number of years ago I made a Vienna wall clock in Japanese oak and seem to recall melting the beeswax and then adding turps. While still in liquid form, I brushed it on to the clock, left it for a while and then polished it. It came up really good and smelled beautiful for years!

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  3. Kiara Parker
    Kiara Parker 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Im sanding a solid wood fire surround and have brought some beeswax and going to make some of this. Do i just apply it straight onto the sanded wood or do i need do put something on before? 

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  4. david Hodkinson
    david Hodkinson 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Here is a good bees wax polish half a cup of bees wax pack it in a bit. to 400 ml will make it a bit thicker or 500 ml of baby oil or olive oil . I've made 2 lots 1 at 400 ml and 1at 500 ml ..this one is non toxic child safe good for toys

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  5. 221Dw
    221Dw 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Nice video. I wonder how much you can save making your own vs buying already made.

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  6. A. J. Tarnas
    A. J. Tarnas 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    You don't really need to worry too much about the turpentine's flash point (though it is probably rather low, around 60*C) — that's when the turpentine vaporizes and you need an ignition source (open flame, spark) to start a fire. But turpentine can have a rather low autoignition temperature (close to 200*C). You might want to pour first into a shot glass, then into the hot wax. Being "mindful" doesn't help much when a static electric spark ignites the vapor, climbs up the stream of liquid you're pouring, and explodes the glass container of flaming fuel everywhere! :)

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  7. Lee Goins
    Lee Goins 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Does this wax/polish darken the wood when you apply it to the wood project??

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  8. Antonio Zanella
    Antonio Zanella 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    If you use pure pharmaceutical mineral oil insted turpentine the mix become food grade safe

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  9. NeuroParadise
    NeuroParadise 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    can you use oil instead of terps?

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  10. jmpurser
    jmpurser 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Thank you. I hadn't seen a version of this that didn't have linseed oil as roughly 1/3 of the paste and I hadn't seen one that included carnuba wax in the mix. Quite informative and I appreciate the safety tips.

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  11. Richard Morley
    Richard Morley 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Thanks Rob! I think this one has gone down fairly well, better than i had expected TBH! 🙂

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  12. RJBWoodTurner
    RJBWoodTurner 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Excellent Rick, Your best video to date.

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  13. Erik Anderson
    Erik Anderson 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Hello I like this video, check out some of my turning videos.

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  14. Richard Morley
    Richard Morley 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Hi John, excellant! make sure to post a photo of your finished batch on the facebook page, seach on facebook, or click the link in the banner! I look forward to it!

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  15. Richard Morley
    Richard Morley 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    No problem, hope you enjoyed this Mr Skeeter.

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  16. Richard Morley
    Richard Morley 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Hi Yuzal, yes turps is rather "distinctive" although it's something I personally am not affected by, the purpose is to stop the wax re-solidifying to a completely solid state in the container, when it cools & hardens, depending on the amount of turps you add, it will be more like melted butter than a candle. This makes it much easier to apply to furniture etc. once applied the turps evaporates on surface it evaporates & the smell with it
    For a food safe finish i go with a mineral oil, not wax.

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  17. Richard Morley
    Richard Morley 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    thanks Mike, hope you enjoyed watching!

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  18. Richard Morley
    Richard Morley 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Thanks Ofer, hope you enjoyed it, it saves lots of money if, like me you prefer a wax finish on your projects/furniture.

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  19. Richard Morley
    Richard Morley 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Hi Thomas, Many thanks indeed. It really is VERY simple -> melt beeswax, add turps, maybe a little linseed oil, possible some spirit stain, pop it in a comtainer, leave to cool!
    Nothing more, you just have to be mindfull of safety, in terms of flammable liquids, and naked flames on the cooker etc, also DON'T SPILL THE MELTED WAX! you'll never get it off the floor, and it hurts like HELL!! be sensible and mindfull, it can be done by a child (undersuitable adult supervision of course!)

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  20. Richard Morley
    Richard Morley 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Thanks Keren, TBH, I try myself wherever possible to not over fuss with things 🙂 The simple recipe is wax+Turps, the ratio dependent on the consistency you want ( the more Turps you add to your wax the more like melted butter it goes 🙂 the lighting in the kitchen was lucky as i have a big window across the whole wall to the right of shot, and small under counter strip lights above.

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  21. John t Herman II
    John t Herman II 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Austin Tx. – Thanks for the video. going to try this in about an hour. Thanks again.

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  22. MrSkeeter18
    MrSkeeter18 22 July, 2016, 15:34
  23. Yuval Lahav Woodturning
    Yuval Lahav Woodturning 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    First, very good video, thanks for the effort.
    Second, I don't want to make a fool of myself, but a couple of questions… 1. doesn't the turpentine smell like gasoline?? does the smell go away or am I missing something?
    2. If I use turpentine, doesn't it turn the wax into non food safe???

    Thanks again for the video!!


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  24. Mike Waldt
    Mike Waldt 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Very informative and interesting video.

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  25. Ofer Elimeleh
    Ofer Elimeleh 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Richard, very very informative and helpful video!! good job mate.

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  26. Thomas Jowett
    Thomas Jowett 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Richard, Wonderfully clear description of the ins and outs of blending your own wax polish! I feel capable of doing it myself, now! Good idea about adding linseed or essential oils to give the added scent. I know some of the waxes I've used have been almost foul smelling so it gives another reason to make it myself.
    Thanks again for sharing your expertise and making it accessible in such an informative way. Definitely appreciate this video as much as your others!
    All the best, Tom

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  27. Keren Duchan
    Keren Duchan 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    (Continued) so i know not to fuss with that. Could be good if you specified what happens if you put too little turpentine or too much, and I didn't get the part about the higher quality turning wax, but will listen again. Also for a wow effect could be cool to see a before and after table that really needed a coat of wax. Loved the camera work, the lighting in the kitchen and clarity. GREAT job!!!! 🙂

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  28. Keren Duchan
    Keren Duchan 22 July, 2016, 15:34

    Hey Rick, just watched the video, it's excellent! I am definitely going to get the ingredients and make this. We do have them in Israel, by a different name though. Will update you on that. In the double heating method, you leave the flame on, right? You don't just heat the water and turn off the stove and put in the wax. I liked your tips while in the kitchen and throughout the video, it made the process very tangible for me, and I liked how there wasn't really any precise measuring involved

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