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    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:48 pm

    So I have lashed on a yew lath with jute twine.  The tiller is finished with Danish oil.  Should I seal the jute with melted beeswax or should I  melt the wax into boiled linseed oil and/or turpentine? Obviously the melted beeswax sets nearly instantly but will an oil based wax finish damage the jute?
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    Post by drawknife on Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:41 pm

    Hi stuckinthemud, I usually soak beeswax in oil of turpentine until it is soft to a creamy texture then spread it into the jute/hessian/flax thread and let the wax/oil mixture mingle with the fibres. When it dries and the turpentine has evaporated it leaves a fairly firm coat of wax throughout the fibres and gives them a waterproof seal. I have done this on 5 crossbows and had no problems.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:15 am

    Thanks Drawknife, I'll give it a go

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