More of Katy’s ‘Soft Wax’ for Sale


My daughter Katy finished up another batch of soft wax that is now for sale on etsy. You can check it out here. The 4 oz. tins are $12 each plus $2 shipping.

Katy plans to continue to make the wax during her summer break while she isn’t working as a bagger at the local grocery store. This grocery job will be her first “corporate” gig, and I’ll be interested to see how she likes it.

She’s gotten a lot of questions about the soft wax via email, customers at the storefront and her older sister. Here is a sample:

Q. Is it a food-safe finish?

A. While all finishes are food-safe once the solvent has evaporated (according to the FDA), why take a chance ingesting some unevaporated turpentine? We don’t recommend it for cutting boards or spoons. Try a non-drying vegetable oil instead.

Q. Can I use it on my workbench top?

A. Yes. But it will reduce the friction between your workbench and your work. We recommend straight oil or no finish on workbenches.

Q. Can I use it over other finishes?

A. Absolutely, yes. It is like adding a wax barrier over the finish. It won’t be as hard as a paste wax or floor wax, but it is easy to apply and renew.

Q. Can I use it on my face and lips?

A. Please don’t. Turpentine will irritate your skin.

Q. Can I use it on tool handles?

A. Absolutely. It leave a nice finish on old tool handles.

Q. Is Katy going to make any other products?

Q. We have discussed making a “bench finish” using a recipe I’ve discussed here 100 times. But her sister, Maddy, wants a cut of the family business. We’ll see.

As always, thanks so much for supporting Katy’s efforts. She does it all of her own volition (I’ve got enough on my plate) and is thrilled that people buy it and like it.

— Christopher Schwarz

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19 Responses to More of Katy’s ‘Soft Wax’ for Sale

  1. Yay! I finally got some. It pays to be online when the announcement is made. 🙂

  2. bjack130 says:

    Thank you. Got 1 … took three visits over last two months to finally score a tin. Thanks again!!!

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  3. abtuser says:

    Finally got my order in too. Can’t wait to try out on my lips.

  4. Ed Clarke says:

    I finally got one too after three tries. I hope one tin is enough to do the inside of an Anarchist’s Tool Chest…

  5. toolnut says:

    Is the finish from this similar to a soap finish (look, feel, texture, durability)? (I’m guessing it is.)
    Congratulations to Katy and looking forward to Maddy’s product offerings.

    • It is indeed similar.

      It is a low-luster, extremely tactile finish. Easy to apply but does not provide a lot of protection.

      Unlike soap finish, soft wax has a prominent smell because of the turps and wax. Most people love it. Some do not.

  6. erikhinkston says:

    Wow, I think it’s gone again. It’s going to start showing up on eBay at a premium next. Very excited to have a couple of tins on the way, congratulations on a great launch.

  7. I met your Wife and Daughters when they came to join you in Munich and I thought they were lovely so its good to see your Daughters getting interested in your business. Good luck to them. My twin Granddaughters are being trained in hand woodworking by me and they have quite a good selection of their own tools. Pretty soon they will have to make a portable version of the traditional cabinet makers chest. They are due to become teenagers in two months.

  8. michael Price says:

    I really want to try it but cannot figure out how to order it!

    Michael J. Price

    • Michael,

      I’m afraid it is sold out again. I don’t want to get her in a back-ordered situation so when she sells all her tins, the item disappears from the store. She’s ordering more supplies today.

      Thanks so much for your interest and sorry about the trouble.

  9. Rachael Boyd says:

    veggie oil will go rancid I have found a finish that I have the students put on there spatulas in class. its called ” Dalys kitchen wood treatment ” works great and it is made in Seattle.

  10. Kevin Schroeder says:

    …you guys are SOOOO funny…..

  11. Holy smokes that stuff goes quick. I consider myself an avid LAP blog checker, but clearly there are many that put me to shame. One more miss and I suppose I’ll just have to hunker down and make some myself.

  12. Robert Raley says:

    Chris how soon before she has another batch ready? According to Etsy they’re all sold out………….Thanks……….Bob Raley


    • Robert,

      She’s ordered the tins and wax for another batch of 100. She’ll probably start making them on Monday and she’ll have them on the site by mid-week.

      Thanks for your interest!

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