How To Make Beeswax Wood Polish (Woodmouse Recipe)

When your furniture has been hand polished with one of our polish based finishes, it is important to be able to keep up its good looks and protection, through re-polishing. Just as you would not paint over old flaking house paint, a touch-up and clear coat will not work over an old soft, or deteriorating finish. In practice, the raw wood surfaces are sanded smooth, pore filled, and sealed first before the padding process begins, but we will describe the finish padding technique in detail now and refer to it later in the outline of the complete finishing schedule.

Do not try and re-polish a table on a hot sunny day as it will become sticky too quickly and be difficult to spread easily. There isn’t a lot that can be done for the crackled and baked finish on it, but the oil did darken it up and gave it some protection against drying out again quickly. While not one of the primary reasons, one function of rubbing is to change the sheen of a finish.

Just know that using too much oil can leave the homemade furniture polish a bit oily to the touch. The very final finish surface may also be polished/buffed to a high gloss using our lacquer polishing liquids, Fine polish FFP or Super fine FSP. Rub the linseed oil into the wood with your palm, concentrating on a small area no bigger than about a 3-inch circle. The alcohol evaporates almost immediately to yield a finish that will attach to virtually any surface, even glass, and virtually any other finish can be used over it.

OLD ENGLISH® also offers wood care products that nourish and revitalize your furniture. Because vertical surfaces are not viewed at low angles or quite so critically, you can usually get away with a single pass and wipe down rather than the more complicated process I described for table tops. It came in satin and high gloss but I chose high gloss since the floors upstairs are nice and shiny, which we like. This closer look at the finish surface will most likely reveal that the finish is thinner and less evenly applied than it appeared before.

I make a wax from coconut oil (3), beeswax (2), and carnauba resin (1) that I use on many projects. Normally used for material removal and polishing in applications such as molds and dies, Dr. Sorenson uses the diamond compounds to polish hardwoods for the pens and other products that he designs. Let the tea cool to room temperature, take a soft cloth, wring it out in the tea until it’s damp and wash the wood.

Olive oil based wood polish will often have a slightly greenish cast, but I haven’t noticed a significant difference when used on wood. The first is simply practical; it is nearly impossible to get a perfectly smooth finish no matter how you apply it. Even in a dedicated clean room, the odds against getting a finish to dry without picking up dust nibs are astronomical, and for those of us who finish in our wood shops, the odds are even worse. Wood has been used for ages for making furniture such as tables, bed frames, and sofas.

Restore it. Work some petroleum jelly into the wood with your fingers with a massage action, and if the wood is in really bad shape, leave the jelly on for some time. The severity of the flaw or damage to the finish surface will determine how well this shellac finish may be blended back flat and smooth with this method. Then wipe away the old polish with a clean cotton cloth and allow to large areas such as floors this can be done using Floor Cleaner following the same process. I rubbed out a test board with paste was and steel wool, and was very pleased with the results. And now I’m thrilled with their Refresher as well for polishing my hardwood floors.

Consistent use of OLD ENGLISH® Furniture Polish Aerosol or OLD ENGLISH® Oil wood care products help protect against everyday stains, such as wax crayons, candle wax, and mustard. Liquid wood finishes are applied via automated spray guns in an enclosed environment or spray cabin. The pore filling process we use here as part of our complete French polishing procedure is simpler and shorter.

Both tasks are similar, but when you polish a hardwood floor, you are keeping the finish that is on the floor intact—polishing a hardwood floor restores a floor’s existing finish, filling in microscopic scratches and evening out the appearance of the floor. To rub vertical surfaces, simply rub with wax and 0000 steel wool in the direction of the grain, and wipe off the wax immediately. Small amounts of the polishing liquids are held in the wadding and minute amounts of the shellac solution are pushed out to the pad cover cloth and deposited on the wood surface during the action of polishing.

As these elements are more thoroughly understood and practiced by the finisher the easier and simpler the French polishing process will become. The complete French polishing process as outlined here will take 15 to 20 days to complete – plus the final curing time before handling. Rancid oil smells bad, and it’ll be permeated in your wood and make it smell bad too. Be especially careful at the edges and ensure you keep the machine level or you may cut through the finish.

I’m not sure if it was just something about our floors and the way they were refinished decades ago (some folks must love this stuff since we heard great things) but it wasn’t an awesome enough result for me to get going on the other two room’s floors. The pad lubricating oil (olive oil, paraffin oil, or mineral oil) and the cotton or linen cloth to make the pad are readily available in markets and thrift stores.

Specializing in hardwood furniture, trim carpentry, cabinets, home improvement and architectural millwork, Wade Shaddy has worked in homebuilding since 1972. Close observation of the finish surface during padding will show the finish develop as the very thin shellac passes slowly build into a noticeable finish layer. The primary animal wax (or more accurately, insect wax) is beeswax which is useful for its unique physical and chemical properties. Polish can thicken with age and its consistence should be like a good virgin olive polish. If you have a flat surface, such as a table top, you can squirt the polish directly on to the surface.

The whole back, most of the top and sides are polished easiest with the larger polishing pad. If the wood looks dry, let it sit and then go over it one more time with the oil and vinegar. Once the pores are filled and the surface is flat and smooth, we can begin applying finish. If you screw up and get wax in the $100 shirt your wife bought you for Christmas, the wax can be removed using a warm iron and paper towels.

Follow the directions and guidelines in the French polishing – one padding session, step by step section to French polish a layer of shellac over the entire surface. An additional note about Wax – Wax can be used on top of hard sealed finishes like polyurethane or varnish or paint, so you may want to do this wax test regardless of what you think is on your furniture. You can’t achieve your desired mir­ror-like finish with an oiled or waxed surface.

Never try to shine hardwood floors that have not been swept as the process might leave scuff marks. If however, the surface has not been neglected and the cleaning process is followed as part of a regular maintenance regimen then it is possible to go directly to the wax polishing steps. There is an inexpensive solution to improving the look of your home’s dull wood floors, without the cost or inconvenience of sanding and refinishing. So any warm drinks, soups, or even washing it in warm water could cause the finish to be changed.

The vinegar pulls the dirt out of the wood, and the few drops of oil lubricates the wood so that it doesn’t dry out. Put 4 ounces of the shellac solution into a smaller container to use during French polishing. The average furniture polish contains silicone oil, which should not be used on all types of furniture, especially antique furniture, you may cause harm to the wood surface. Traditionally, lemon oil has been used for furniture because it is so lubricating and antiseptic. Mix the pumice and mayo, then work the mixture into the spot in the direction of the wood grain.

Gouges and holes in wood are more difficult to repair than dents because wood fibres have been cut, torn and removed from the wood. If your finish is none of these three, then you have a hard surface finish that can be polished with the recipe above. Smear a drop of linseed oil or mineral oil onto the sole with your fingertip, this will lubricate the rubber.