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post #1 of 5 Old 12-29-2014, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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I made a honey dipper and then took it off the lathe and tried to put some melted beeswax on it. The problem is the wax solidified too quickly and now there is too much on the dipper. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix it?
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Heat gun?

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I have boiled paraffin wax (much hotter than just melting it) and then dropped the wooden pieces into the boiling paraffin for several seconds. If you do something similar then do it outdoors. I have a backpacking gas stove to do this sort of thing. Also wear protective gloves, faceshield, long sleeves, etc. Hot boiling wax that splatters on you will produce a really bad burn. If the wood has any moisture in it, it can make the wax pop and sometimes violently. You might try something similar with the beeswax if you take all the necessary precautions. An easier solution is to soak the piece in mineral ooil for a few minutes. After a couple days, the mineral oil will have soaked deep into the wood and there won't be any surface residue. I have a Nick Cook honey dipper and I believe that he leaves the wood completely bare. Anyway, I just rinse mine under warm running water and then dry it with a towel. It seems to work just fine that way.

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Can you get it back in the lathe? If so run it full speed and buff with a paper towl.
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Thanks for the advice! Someone else suggested putting it in the oven and that seemed too work but thanks for the tips.
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