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Beeswax Wood Finish Recipe


Uses: Wood, Leather

You will need:
1 part beeswax
3 parts colorless, odorless food grade oil (jojoba)

Grater- large holes
Wax paper
Baking Sheet
Small bowl
Liquid measuring cup
Sauce pan to simmer water
Medium bowl to place above sauce pan- ideally with a pour spout
Metal mixing spoon
Container for oil- recommend wide mouth, straight side glass jars, but can also use plastic container with tight fitting lid.

Soft cotton cloth to apply wax

Food coloring can be used on wood to safely tint but the wood needs time to completely dry before applying the beeswax finish. 

- Add 5-6 drops of food color into 4 oz water and brush directly onto the wood and let dry overnight before applying beeswax finish. Add more food coloring to water for darker colors.


1. GRATE BEESWAX. You will need one part wax to 3 parts oil
- Tear a sheet of wax paper to line the baking sheet. 
- Grate beeswax onto lined baking sheet. 
- Set up scale. Put small bowl on scale and zero scale.
- Gather up wax paper sheet with beeswax shavings and pour into small bowl on 

scale until you have 1 part beeswax registered on scale. (EX: 1 oz of beeswax for 

3 oz of oil). Reserve wax paper and baking sheet to use as base for filling 

containers at the end of this process.

2. MEASURE OIL. You will need three parts oil to one part wax.
- Measure oil into liquid measuring cup. 

3. BAIN-MARIE-In saucepan, add 2 cups of cold water, bring to a simmer.
- Add medium bowl to sauce pan, lower heat to medium low. Water should be just 

below but not touching the bottom of the bowl.

4. Add oil to medium bowl. Allow to warm for about 2 minutes.

5. Add shaved beeswax, stirring slowly and constantly until the wax has completely 

dissolved, 4-6 minutes

6. CONTAINER: set open containers on wax paper lined baking sheet. 
- Pour mixture into containers, leaving 1/2" below lid. 
- Allow mixture to cool in containers with the lid off. Mixture will be completely 

opaque and yellow.
- Mark container with "beeswax finish" and the date. 

Store in a cool place out of direct sunlight for longer life.
Shelf life- 1 year.

Take a soft cotton cloth and rub into the beeswax finish. The wax becomes soft with just the heat of your hand. A little bit goes a long way so work in small  amounts.

If you are left with too much wax on an item, wrap it in a cotton cloth and use a hair drier to heat up the item. The excess wax will be absorbed by the cloth.

Why Jojoba?

No scent
No color
Does not go rancid
Food safe
Source: Desert Essence
Other options: any shelf stable food grade oil that is clear and relatively odorless.

Why Beeswax?
Honey scent
Warm yellow color
Long life
Food Safe
Source: Beeyond the Hive

Posted on August 29, 2014 .