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Grab some candles that’ve seen the end of their use as a light source, and you can finish woodwork on a lathe beautifully and economically. Once the actual shaping is complete and you’ve sanded to your satisfaction, simply hold the candle stub to the wood and watch the shine grow. It may not be the highest quality finish, and it’s certainly not the most complicated, but the candle wax produces a warm glow that brings out the beauty of the wood — and it can be as cheap as free if someone in the house is forever burning candles.

Photo from Flickr member Paraflyer.

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3 Responses to Lathe Wax Finish

  1. Frank Townend says:

    Beewax candles perhaps?

  2. james b says:

    I’ve used Hut wax and beeswax on turnings, then buffed out with cotton rag. After getting a turning to the point of needing a finish without it flying across the room or ripping in half, I’d be a bit leery of petrol based wax.

  3. J.R. Bluett says:

    Beewax is of course traditional, but I’m pretty sure my dad isn’t careful about not using paraffin candles, and I just found a Carnuba Lathe Wax that I’ll write a post about. You’ll see it once the editor finishes with the red ink…

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