I recently made Russ a vertical wall hanging chess board and used my homemade wood furniture polish to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.
I used pine and walnut boards. I definitely wanted the natural look and colors of the wood to shine but I didn’t want to use a polyurethane finish. The poly reeks for a long time and we don’t want to bring any unnecessary chemicals into our house to pollute our air quality.
I decided to make my own wood polish. The results are spectacular and the recipe is super easy with only 3 ingredients. The wood has a beautiful shine and it was such a joy using this wax because it smelled soooooo good. Check out my first wood working project where I used this wax. I recommend using this wild orange oil. It smells awesome!
Wood Furniture Polish Recipe
- 1 part beeswax (1 ounce) you can get bees wax in little blocks at health food stores which you can then shred with a cheese grater
- 3 parts olive oil (3 ounces)
- 20 drops of orange essential oil (or scent of choice)
Although the essential oil is optional I chose to add wild orange at the last minute because it is completely natural and I thought it would add a nice subtle aroma to the wood piece.
Measure out the wax and oils with a scale. You can also use measuring cups but since the wax comes in a block, shreds, or pellets weighing the ingredients yields more precise results!
Use a double boiler method to melt the bees wax and olive oil together. I was feeling a little under the weather and didn’t feel like doing more dishes so I just put the ingredients in the jar and put that straight in the pot of water. Stir the oil and wax as they melt. Be really careful not to get any water in the mixture. Manage the temperature to keep the water from boiling.
Carefully remove the mixture from the double boiler and wait a few minutes until the wax cools down.
Add the essential oil while the oil is still somewhat liquid. You don’t want to add it too soon or the essential oil will cook and lose some of it’s lovely properties.
The wax becomes hard at room temperature. When you are ready to use it just take a small bit out with your finger and use a paper towel or old t-shirt to rub-a-dub-dub into the wood. I used a paper towel but it was shedding bits of fuzz. The t-shirt would probably eliminate the lint left behind.