I suggest that you get a copy of the book by either Dresdner or Jewett. Both
are written for furniture finishing, but all of the techniques are applicable
to turning. Both books are available from all of the woodworking mailorder
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If you go to the links page on my website you'll find one that says
Find out how to make wax polishes, click on that and you'll get some
recipes that will get you started with some of the ingredients you've
got. Rather than use mineral spirits in your recipes though, see if you
can get hold of pure turpentine. You wouldn't want to go sniffing it
all day but it's a lot nicer on the nose.
Some use castile soap in their beeswax polish to give it a creamier
easier to spread texture, for lathe work though you shouldn't have any
problem with a reasonably stiff blend without soap as the friction will
When you apply it with a rag to a spinning "whatever" on your lathe,
put the wax inside a fold in the cloth and let the friction draw it
through the cloth you won't get big goobies of wax flying all round
your workshop and you'll have a more even deposit of wax where its
meant to go. You'll also end up with a rag that doesn't need recharging
for quite some time.
I had thought of melting wax polish and impregnating cloth squares with
it so they were ready to hand, pre-charged as it were. That's more
relevant in areas that get cold winters with unheated workshops when
the wax also goes rock hard. Just like here!
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