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We’re deep in gift-giving season in my home. Christmas wasn’t enough for us, we had to have the majority of our nieces and nephews, and our own son, celebrate their birthday’s over summer too. Seems we like to celebrate when the sun is shining in our family.
And so we’ve found ourselves going a little sword crazy. No, that wasn’t a typo. I definitely meant sword crazy. You see, The Mister made a wooden sword for my son for Christmas. Then he made a smaller one for my daughter. Then tried out a different design for a homeschool buddy’s birthday. Soon all the kids wanted one.
Which is how I found myself up late one night, making beeswax polish in the kitchen while the children slept (and The Mister carried on creating in his workshop downstairs). And the polish is just divine. I find myself sitting on the couch of an evening, looking around at the wooden furniture in my home, asking my husband, “Do you think that needs polishing? Do you think the step stool would look nicer with a coat of beeswax? Should I polish the bowl again?”
So I am absolutely sure that this recipe for beeswax furniture (and wooden sword) polish is one you are definitely going to want to use.
You’re going to love this part.
There are only TWO ingredients. Yep, just two.
Beeswax and olive oil. In this case, 2 tablespoons of beeswax and 6 tablespoons of olive oil. If you want to make more polish, just double or triple the amounts of both the wax and oil, keeping the ratio of 1 part beeswax to 3 parts oil. If you wanted a cup of polish you would use 1/4 cup of beeswax and 3/4 cup of oil. You get the idea.
You could use another oil if you prefer, and you can add in a few drops of essential oil to scent your polish if you like. Just be careful in your choice of oils if you are going to be using this polish on toys that children may put in their mouths (or if you have a puppy who is perhaps still in that pesky chewing stage and liable to take a nibble on your chair leg. Just sayin’).
As for kitchen tools, you will need a pot, a grater, a glass bowl, a metal spoon, a candy thermometre is handy (but not entirely essential if you are careful), plus a jar with an airtight lid to store your finished polish in.
- Set a small saucepan on the stove and bring to a gentle simmer.
- Grate 2 tablespoons of beewax. Alternately, you can order beeswax in pellet form which makes life a whole lot easier. Beeswax in a block is very hard and can be difficult to grate.
- Place the grated beeswax in your glass bowl and set it over the pot of water, creating a double boiler. Stir the beeswax continuously until it has all turned to liquid. Do NOT allow the melted wax to boil as it is flammable. You shouldn’t let it get above about 65C. This is where the candy thermometre can come in handy.
- Once all of the wax is melted, add in your pre-measured olive oil. The cold oil in the warm wax will probably cause the wax to form lumps. Keep stirring in the double boiler until all of the wax has re-melted, and the wax and oil have combined.
- Carefully pour the mixture into a clean jar and seal. Leave overnight or stick it in the fridge to set.
This polish can keep for 1-2 years in an airtight container. Keeping it in the fridge will help it keep longer.
Using the beeswax polish is as easy as pie. Simply take a small, soft cloth and rub it in the polish. Wipe the cloth up and down your piece of timber, following the grain. You don’t want to rub in a circular motion.
You can go over your piece a couple of times then leave to dry. It won’t take long for the air to dry the wax.
If you are wanting a polish that is a bit glossier than this, you can add in some extra beeswax. If you are wanting a polish for a piece of furniture that gets treated a little on the tough side, you can add more olive oil. Adding more olive oil will make the polish creamier so you will almost certainly want to store it in the fridge, particularly if you live in a warm climate like I do.
Making this polish really is so simple. You can be done with this project from start to finish in under 15 minutes. Which leaves plenty of time for polishing all the timber. Which I promise, you really will want to do 😉