A short history of metal, wood, food safe & thread wax…

Metal Wax
In the Middle Ages, beeswax became a popular choice for protecting metal objects, particularly those used for liturgical purposes. Beeswax was often mixed with other ingredients, such as resin or turpentine, to create a more durable coating. Waxes have been used for centuries as a way to protect and enhance the appearance of metal objects. In ancient times, waxes made from animal fat and oils were used to seal and protect metal objects from rust and corrosion.
During the Renaissance, new methods of wax preparation were developed, including the addition of pigments to create colored waxes. These colored waxes were used to highlight and accentuate the details of metalwork.
In the 18th century, a French chemist named Michel-Eugène Chevreul developed a method for making synthetic waxes using fatty acids and alkalis. This allowed for the creation of waxes that were more stable and had a longer shelf life than natural waxes.
HE Metal Wax is a special blend of Paraffin Wax, Carnauba Wax and Linseed Oil. All ingredients are pure and safe. Wipe on your hand saws, table saws, planer tables & thicknessers with a soft cloth or 0000 steel wool. Wipe off excess and allow to dry. We now produce this wax in a ‘soft finish’ for much easier application.
The Metal Wax will lubricate your hand saws and minimise friction when sawing. It will also allow timber to move over your table saws, planers, thicknessers etc. much more freely without catching.
The Metal Wax also helps prevent rust & tarnish by locking out oxygen & moisture.

Wood Wax
Waxes have been used for centuries as a way to protect and enhance the appearance of wood. In ancient times, people used natural waxes, such as beeswax, to protect wooden objects and furniture from damage and deterioration. During the Middle Ages, beeswax continued to be a popular choice for protecting and preserving wood. It was often mixed with other natural ingredients, such as turpentine or linseed oil, to create a more durable coating.
In the 18th century, a French furniture maker named André Jacob Roubo developed a method for making a special wax finish for furniture. The finish, known as “French polish,” was made by dissolving shellac flakes in denatured alcohol and then applying the mixture to wood in thin layers using a pad.
In the 19th century, new types of waxes were developed for wood, including carnauba wax, which is derived from a Brazilian palm tree. Carnauba wax is particularly popular for use on floors and furniture, as it creates a hard, glossy surface that is resistant to water and scratches.
HE Wood Wax is a special blend of Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Citrus Oil and Linseed Oil. We now produce it in a ‘soft finish’ for much easier application. All ingredients are pure and safe. We highly recommend either a sharp smoothing plane mirror finish or a 400 grit sandpaper finish on your piece before applying the wax.
Wipe on new or old wood with a soft cloth or 0000 steel wool. Allow around 15 to 30 minutes, depending on ambient temperature, and then buff to a luxurious lustre by hand or buffing machine. Do not leave any smears as they will harden over time, buff them off.

Food Safe Wax
Food safe wood wax is a relatively recent development in the history of waxes for wood. The demand for food safe wood finishes grew as people became more aware of the potential health risks associated with traditional wood finishes, which can contain harmful chemicals and heavy metals. In the late 20th century, a number of companies began developing natural waxes and oils that were safe for use on food contact surfaces, such as cutting boards, wooden utensils, and countertops. These food safe wood waxes and oils are typically made from natural ingredients, such as beeswax, carnauba wax, and plant-based oils like linseed oil, walnut oil, or tung oil.
One of the earliest food safe wood waxes to gain popularity was mineral oil, a colorless and odorless liquid derived from petroleum. Mineral oil is widely used as a lubricant and laxative, and has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in food contact applications.
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in natural and organic food safe wood waxes, which do not contain petroleum-derived ingredients. These waxes are often made from plant-based oils and waxes, such as beeswax, carnauba wax, or soy wax, and may be blended with other natural ingredients, such as citrus oils, to enhance their properties.
HE Food Safe Wax is a special blend of Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Citrus Oil and Olive Oil (and Vitamin E for longevity). All ingredients are pure and safe. We highly recommend either a sharp smoothing plane mirror finish or a 400 grit sandpaper finish on your piece before applying the wax.
Wipe on new or old wood wooden bowls, cutting boards, spoons, salad servers with a soft cloth or 0000 steel wool. Allow around 15 to 30 minutes, depending on ambient temperature, and then buff to a luxurious lustre by hand or buffing machine. Do not leave any smears as they will harden over time, buff them off.

Thread Wax
Screw wax, also known as thread lubricant or screw lube, is a type of wax or grease that is applied to screws to reduce friction and make them easier to turn. The use of screw wax dates back to the early 20th century, when it was first developed as a way to improve the performance of machine screws and other types of fasteners. One of the earliest and most popular types of screw wax was a product called “Loctite,” which was developed in the 1950s by the American company American Sealants Inc. Loctite was a thick, white paste that was applied directly to screw threads before they were inserted into a hole. Once the screw was tightened, the Loctite would harden and provide a secure, long-lasting seal. In the 1960s and 1970s, other types of screw wax and lubricants were developed, including silicone-based lubricants, Teflon-based lubricants, and synthetic greases. These products were designed to reduce friction and wear on screw threads, and to provide better resistance to heat and moisture.
HE Cabinetmakers Screw Wax is a special blend of Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Linseed. All ingredients are pure and safe. Dip the first 3 to 4 threads of the  screw into HE Cabinetmakers Screw Wax. The consistency of the wax will allow the wax to adhere to the thread.
Turn the screw in the correct size pilot hole with screwdriver or power drill.
The lubrication will avoid broken screws, cracked wood, unnecessary effort & battery life. We recommend a hand screwdriver, particularly for brass screws. You will notice the reduced torque required to easily insert the screw.


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