Really, this video could have been done in four words…three words, one repeated: Wax on, wax off. But that’s already been said. So instead, I’ve blathered on for a few minutes about soft wax and how easy it is to use.
The jar I’m using is from Katherine Schwarz (aka The Anarchist’s Daughter), who will no doubt have more in stock soon. But if you want to make your own, you’ll find the recipe in “The Stick Chair Book” and in this blog post.
20 thoughts on “Waxing Prolixic”
Hope I’m not the last one to know this but, how is the “hot towel” made?
I should enunciate more clearly: Huck towel. https://blog.lostartpress.com/2020/07/17/huck-towels-when-you-want-to-treat-yourself/
To be clear, “Hot Towel” was her nickname in middle school.
Not Hot Towlette?
Doh! I was envisioning how I might heat up a towel to get the wax to flow more deeply into the surface. The microwave and the clothes dryer were cast aside for the sake of domestic tranquility…
John, here is something for you to try. I personally prefer dark beeswax to make the grain pop a little better. I use a heat gun and preheat the wood a little on the surface and then using the heat gun and a brush put the wax on thinly. Let it cool a bit and then rub off. This will let the wax go deeper into the pores.
I’m inebriated by the exuberance of your verbosity.
I heard hot towel too, but then when I saw Megan pull out the towel I realized that she was saying Huck. Another great little clip guys.
It is about 95 degrees out here today.
Perhaps it is a good day to wax on and wax off, in the shade of an open shop or garage door.
What are or where can I find the dimensions of this Shaker tray?
Silverware Tray Cutlist Stock is all 1/2” thick. Sides are 4 -1/4 x 18; ends are 5-3/4 x 11. The bottom site on 1/4” square strips glued and nailed around the bottom edges. Or cut grooves and rabbet the bottom to fit.
Thank you Fitz!
Somewhat related question on finishing. Could the limonene used in the paste wax be substituted for mineral spirits in the recipe for the finish you all use with spar urethane, linseed oil and mineral spirits? Being a solvent, if it had the same thinning affect I’d imagine it would not only smell better but be safer.
We haven’t tried it. A little reading makes it sound as if if could work…but without testing, I don’t know.
Thanks for the response. Might give it a try and see.
I haven’t put linseed oil on anything in many years so excuse the question. Once the huck towel dries in an open manner can it be washed and used again or toss it?
You can launder it. Huck towels last a long long time. We only throw ours away when they are in pieces.
A little off topic: but what are the dimensions of the headline photo? That wooden tray looks great and I’d like to make one myself. That might give me an excuse to finally order some Soft Wax.
Stock is all 1/2” thick. Sides are 4 -1/4 x 18; ends are 5-3/4 x 11. The bottom site on 1/4” square strips glued and nailed around the bottom edges. Or cut grooves and rabbet the bottom to fit.
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