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  • Reclaiming machinable wax(?)

    I'm curious if anyone has direct experience with the reclaiming process of Freeman’s machinable wax from a home shop machinist budget? What is involved in actual cost, the equipment and safety precautions if they exist?


  • #2
    To reclaim the wax get yourself a crock pot. I use the high temp setting when I am around to watch close. If I have all day I use the low setting and it takes almost 6 hours but you will not burn the wax. Pack the pot as tight as possible with the bigger pieces and melt that first and then ad the shavings a bit at a time. This stuff melts at 315F so don't get it on you---it burns like hell and has a lot of heat to lose so it burns for a long time. It would be like using a hot glue gun on your body.

    For a mold I have some frames made of aluminum angle. These frames have no bottom and just sit on a piece of Melamine covered particle board. I ladle it in with a chefs ladle that I have preheated in the wax in the crock pot. Because it shrinks about 3/8 inch per foot it doesnot stick to the Melamine or the aluminum if you let it cool overnight.


    • #3
      Setpside ...

      Interesting ... thought it was going to be something out of my reach. Is there a "best source" supplier for small quanities or simply use a place like Travers?



      • #4 or their hobbyist site

        They also have some other "toys" that would interest people on this bbs.

        Spent time on phone regarding if the wax was toxic in a lost wax situation. I was assured that it was not.

        The usual disclaimers as having any financial interests in this company ect.

        [This message has been edited by Stepside (edited 08-12-2005).]