Re: Wax dipping, wood polarity, and hardening oils
I have used bees wax on some of my turninings (on a Lathe). Put leather to it until the wood gets hot enough to melt the wax right into the wood. You can see the wax go into the bowl. As soon as the bowl gets wet you see all of the water marks. I have used tung oil on apple press and scratter that get hard abuse (and I leave it under the eves) the finish looks good but after a good cleaning and use I refresh it. Food safe finish and holds up well, although expensive. I have used oils and different varnishes and shellac for decks and chairs that I have made and even the marine varnish only lasts for a couple of years. I love wood and the look of wood but paint all my hives, I would love an alternative that would last as long. Bottom line I think the wax is pretty far down the list of things that perform well in my wet marine area.
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