wax finish

Waxed Railing Installed

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When it rains it pours, two long projects finished in two weeks. This is the railing that has the wax finish on it. It is by far one of the more traditional rails that I've built, but it was still a fun design challenge. The Condo where it is located is in the top floor of a large building and is part of what used to be an old private alumni social club. Because of the extensive remodeling needed, almost everything in the space is new construction, but there was an old grand stairway that they kept(the first picture). The design challenge was to keep with the basic style and design of the old rail, but build a rail that was a touch more modern and specifically designed for the client. Everything on it is forged or manipulated in some way except the twisted pickets and the small collars on them. The straight pickets have a hammered finish on them that came out great, but it doesn't really show up in these picts. I really like the wax finish, but i think i'll talk about that more in a specific thread.


waxed railing 4

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waxed railing 4

waxed railing 3

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waxed railing 3

waxed railing 2

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waxed railing 2

waxed railing 1 existing rail

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waxed railing 1 existing rail

wax finish started

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Hi all,

Hi all, started putting on the wax finish today and I think it went pretty good. I ended up using a mixture of Butchers paste wax, beeswax, boiled linseed oil, turpentine, and Japan drier. The first section I did ended up feeling pretty waxy, so I added a little more linseed oil and japan drier and the second section ended up good. I tried buffing off the build up with a shoe polish brush after about an hour or so and it seem to just gunk up the brush with wax. Am i buffing to early or do i just need to use a different brush for the final buff tomorrow before I apply the Butchers wax? After drying overnite the first rail is still very waxy, should I worry about the waxy feel or will the solvents in the Butchers wax break that down a little?


Coat 2-5 on a wax finish?

Hi all, time to start putting the wax finish on the railing I'm working on. I understand the first coat recipe and application just fine, but am a little confused on the subsequent coats done cold. Do I use the same wax mixture that i used when hot(bees wax, linseed oil, and thinner) or do i just use the wax? If its just the wax, how do I soften it up to apply it? The wax i have is in bricks. Finally, how long do I have to wait to buff the cold wax after application?


Burnishing VS. Sandblasting for wax finish

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Hi all, I'm coming to the finishing part of a rail that I'm currently working on and would like some input on cleaning the scale off. The rail is getting a beeswax, linseed oil finish over forgework. Does anybody have a preference between wire brushing the scale off versus having the piece sandblasted. I'm a little bit behind on this project due to my chair refinishing fiasco and the sandblasting would obviously save me some time. I'm assuming the finish coloring would be much more uniform over the sandblasting and more varied with the burnishing, correct? Would it look less "handmade" with the sandblasting? I don't want to sacrifice the final look just to save a few days.


waxes

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Hi all, I'm going to be trying my first wax finish in a couple of weeks and was wondering what everyone thought was the best wax/formula to use. Gerald used a mix of butcher brand bowling alley wax, linseed oil, thinner and jap drier, and I found a premixed(?) wax from Sculpt Nouveau that is "specially formulated" with additives to help protect the metalwork(I found this on www.sculpt.com)


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