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Old 02-22-2014, 07:12 PM   #1
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Smile My latest project....Noah's Ark - fun to make, too

Hi,

Been busy making sawdust and not posting a thing. My bad!
I have been having a good time making the Noah's Animal Cracker Ark from Toymakingplans.com. WIP pictures below.

I just finished making some beeswax/mineral oil finish for the ark animals. Nice safe, chewing ready finish for small humans.

The ark is select pine, the deck is poplar and I'm going to use Golden Pecan stain. The animals are birch.

I know I am going to make more of these, they are just too darned cute. LOL

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Nicely done! Thanks for sharing and God Bless! Spirithorse
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Very nice.

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Very cute. How do you make your beeswax/mineral oil finish? I love it and will have to try to make this one myself.
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Very cute. How do you make your beeswax/mineral oil finish? I love it and will have to try to make this one myself.
Tammy,

I found a simple recipe on the net for the beeswax & mineral oil finish. And, read a helpful hint from a poster commenting on the recipe. Easy to make.

Hint was: use a large tin can to make the mixture, then toss the can when done. No messy pans! great hint!

16 oz bottle of food grade mineral oil (drug store/Walmart pharmacy dept)
block of beeswax (ordered mine online)

Pour 1 1/2 cups mineral oil into the large tin can
add 2 1/2 ounces of beeswax (71grams) (cut up in pieces speeds the melting)

put the can in a saucepan of water and heat it to just under boiling. Stir the mixture frequently, until the beeswax is all melted and combined with the mineral oil.

Can is HOT, use an oven mitt! Pour the mixture into small wide-mouth Mason jars. Let cool and set up, then put lids on.

This recipe makes a fairly hard wax. Add more mineral oil to the recipe if you want a softer wax.

I just plan on warming mine in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it if I need to.
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I agree, too cute to pass up......sweeeeet cuts Nanc, but a boat load of sh%$ to clean up.
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I agree, too cute to pass up......sweeeeet cuts Nanc, but a boat load of sh%$ to clean up.
LOL Gloria!! Maybe I should include a shovel???
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If you want to color the wood darker you can put them in the oven on a cookie sheet and bake them for an hour or two, maybe 350f. Hans Meir in our scrollsaw club revealed this tip to us for making different colors in our puzzles without using different wood. it's not supposed to change the size any either. Safe and non toxic. You may need to experiment to find the righ temp and time for your wood.
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If you want to color the wood darker you can put them in the oven on a cookie sheet and bake them for an hour or two, maybe 350f. Hans Meir in our scrollsaw club revealed this tip to us for making different colors in our puzzles without using different wood. it's not supposed to change the size any either. Safe and non toxic. You may need to experiment to find the righ temp and time for your wood.
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Thanks for that reminder. I had forgotten about the oven trick.

I'll take a couple of test pieces and try it.
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That's really nice, Nancy. Are you going to use your finish just for the animals or the whole thing?
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