Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wood Preserve

The wood preserve (butter) that I used on the chairs in my previous post is made of pure beeswax, and mineral oil. I have included the recipe below. It makes a large batch, I gave one as a gift, used one jar and still have two jelly jars left.  
This photo shows a close up of the wood I used it on, what I did not use it on and the jar of wood butter.

It's worth taking the time to make, I can’t believe how many things I have used it on. You will be amazed on how it brings life back into dried out wood.

I used the wood preserve on this spinning wheel flyer I found it was very dirty and dried out beyond belief.

The spool on the bottom is not treated and here is the flyer treated.  

I cleaned the wood and used the wood preserve and thought it turned out amazing! It was so pretty that I painted a block black and drilled a hole to mount and display this piece. I love to knit and really enjoy yarn; even though I have never used a spinning wheel it is a nice piece to add to my craft room. 

Wood Butter – A Recipe for Your Utensils!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
A terrific homemade product to use for all of your wood kitchen products from wooden spoons to cutting boards.
  • 8 ounces pure beeswax - measured dry. One package of the pellets that I purchased weighed 16 ounces and I used half a package at a time.
  • 32 ounces of mineral oil - typically packaged with 16 liquid ounces per container so I used 2 containers.
  1. Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a gentle boil.
  2. Place your beeswax inside a 2 quart glass measuring cup or a 1 quart glass jar; set the glass into the gently boiling water.
  3. Place the container(s) of mineral oil inside another medium saucepan filled with water and heat to low. The mineral oil just needs to be warmed to mix with the beeswax; no need for a rolling boil.
  4. Once all the wax has melted, turn off the stove and carefully add the warmed mineral oil to the beeswax; stirring with a spoon to combine.
  5. Using a towel around the handle of the measuring cup, carefully pour the liquid into each jar fit with the canning funnel; filling them almost to the top.
  6. Finish filling all jars and wait for to cool and firm up before using.
Here is where I found the recipe:


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