Woodturning Finishes & DIY Finish Accessories

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It’s time for me to upgrade my wood finish containers.

I typically use walnut oil or a mix of beeswax and mineral for projects needing to be food safe. Otherwise, for large projects, I use walnut oil or lacquer or the beeswax and mineral oil mix. For small projects, I use shellac friction polish, lacquer, or the beeswax and mineral oil. The beeswax and mineral oil mixture also serves as a sanding media at times.

For the mix, I heat 1 pint mineral oil in a double boiler. To this I add 1/4 pound of beeswax chopped up. Once the beeswax is fully melted, I let cool but not harden then pour into a plastic container.


  • The finish jar kit is from Craft Supplies USA, costing about $12.
  • My spice jar is salvaged from the kitchen. Its brush cost about $1.25 for three.
  • The pint drinking jar is available from Amazon for about $20 a dozen plus about $2.50 for a average brush.

Good turning.

2 Responses to “Woodturning Finishes & DIY Finish Accessories”

  1. Douglas Long says:

    On the red/yellow bowl with a hole you could put in a copper disc. I have done it before. It looks best if you hammer the surface with a small ball pane hammer wrapped in leather to avoid scratching it. I would have sent you a photo of it but I sold it the first time it was out on the stall. Ps I gluid it in with clear silicone sealer and then sealed it with clear lacquer.