Posted by Lignator on March 02, 2005 at 00:28:09:
In Reply to: Re: Need help about Oak Furniture posted by Ed Gilligan on March 01, 2005 at 05:48:34:
Ed. You obviously had a good teacher and know your craft. I would still prefer to work new oak and then if necessary stain to either dark or light according to taste. Fill the grain as necessary with a good grain filler. clean by lightly sanding and then polish with hard bees wax.
I like to make my own and envy you brother as a bee keeper (Apiarist)as he has the very best of materials available when melted down and purified. His bees are the wherewithal to start a cottage industry to supply furniture and bees wax
Herewith my own recipe for soft bees wax suitable for furniture.
1) Take an glass Pyrex Pudding dish and with a cheese graiter flake a couple of cakes of bees wax into the dish. (The cakes can usually be bought from any reputable wood working or hard ware shop or perhaps a local beekeeper)
2) Place the pudding dish with the flaked bees wax into a large saucepan half pre-filled with cold water. Pour over the bees wax half the contents of a medium sized bottle of best turpentine spirit (The type artists use in oil painting).
3 Now comes the really dodgy part so wear protective clothing and eye protectors to avoid burns and scolds.
4 Place the saucepan over a hot flame bringing the water to boil in order to ensure that the wax in the glass pudding dish melts and mixes with the turpentine.
5 Mindful of safety, stir the melting bees wax and turpentine together and once mixed in remove from heat source to a safe place and allow to set to a beautiful soft white cosistancy. At this point,a little lavender oil can be added to give the wax that wonderful aroma we all assocoate with really high class church furnishings.
6 Apply spareingly with a soft duster and using loads of elbow greas, finish with a cheese cloth.
7 a cake of polish thus made should last ages if stored in a cool place and away from dust and contamination. Generally it is good for most timbers and I use it extensively for cleaning floors and church furniture
Don't forget! Think safety! Keep animals, kids and nosy adults out of harns way! Bees wax is also highly inflammable with a fairly low flash point
If anybody's interested I will later post another recipe for cleanig up and the restoration of dulled and dirty hardwood furniture
All the best
PS Hope your move went ok MM. Hows Jean?
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