One of the absolute best parts about a woodworking project, is applying the finish to freshly sanded wood grain. This is when all of your hard work shines and comes to life as the sections of wood show their true colors and character.
One of the most common food safe wood finishes include Walnut oil. If you have nut allergies, you can swap out the walnut oil for Olive oil or Linseed oil. I'd suggest Olive oil though, because it will not stain your wood a yellow color like Linseed, unless that is what you want. Overall, I will highly suggest Walnut oil if you can due to the long shelf life & doesn't go rancid once it is absorbed into wood.
Step 1: Supplies
Supplies you will be using:
* 1cup Organic Walnut Oil
* 1/3 cup Beeswax (can be shredded from a natural block or pellet form)
* Something air tight to store the finished product in
* Small cooking pot + smaller heat resistant bowl (I am using a regular ceramic cereal bowl)
* 2cup Measurement Pitcher (use glass if you can, cleaning out the wax will be easier)
Step 2: Melting & Mixing
First, place the small bowl inside of the cooking pot.
Second, fill the cooking pot with water so that it is above half way up the side of the smaller bowl. (leave the small bowl clean and empty) *Make sure the bowl does not start floating in the water. Try to have the bowl just on the edge of floating & standing still.
Third, add the 1/3 cup of beeswax (it can be in pellet form or shredded from a block) into the small bowl.
Forth, put the heat on LOW. The water should never come to a boil, but a very small simmer. We want hot water to slowly melt the wax, not cook it. *Do not attempt to microwave the wax to melt it. If wax is heated too quickly, it has a bad habit of exploding.
Fifth, wait until wax is fully melted inside the bowl. This may take 30minutes. Do not stir the wax, let it melt on its own.
Sixth, pour 1cup of Walnut oil into the 2cup Measurement pitcher and warm in the microwave for 45 seconds.
Seventh, when the wax is fully melted, turn off the heat & carefully use an oven mitt (or something like it) to pour the hot wax into the measuring cup with the warmed Walnut oil. Stir the mixture for a few minutes until it all looks the same color.
Step 3: Finishing
Lastly, pour your freshly made wood finish into air tight container(s) for the wax to cool in. Pour into containers while the mixture is still liquid form, preferably.
Can create your own sticker label for your container(s) too for a unique touch!
FINALLY! YOU'RE DONE! …… Just kidding.
You now need to clean up the wax mess in your small bowl and glass measurement cup. Simply get a bunch of paper towels and fill the wax filled items with boiling water. Pour out the water NOT into the sink or toilet…but somewhere outside in the dirt. You do not want wax clogging your pipes! Repeat this a few times until most of the wax is out of the containers and then let it harden. Wipe out as much as you can afterwards and run it through the dish washer. :) NOW you're done.