Applying beeswax to tool handles

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Old 09-09-19, 04:16 AM
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Applying beeswax to tool handles

I want to apply beeswax to a machete, axes, and other tool handles. I made the beeswax solution (3 parts linseed oil, 1 part beeswax) and would appreciate advice on how best to apply it. Should I apply it as a liquid (warm) or as a paste? What kind of applicator? How do I finish it? BTW, I've prepped the tool handles and applied a few coats of boiled linseed oil.
 
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Old 09-09-19, 04:44 AM
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I have always used linseed oil only. I put a heavy blob on a rag or pour some on the handle and rub it in leaving a heavy film on the surface. Then I set it aside to soak in and dry. I repeat the process every couple days until I get the finish and sealing I want. If adding beeswax to the mix I would slightly heat the solution so it's liquid then apply in the same manner. Keep in mind you should be applying this to bare wood. If there is already a sealing finish the linseed oil will not soak in.
 
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Old 09-09-19, 04:48 AM
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When using boiled linseed oil it's usually beneficial to cut it in half with mineral spirits, it's hard for linseed oil to suck in full strength and it does a poor job of drying when used a surface coating.
 
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