Waxes are an easy finish to apply and maintain because they are generally rubbed onto the timber with a special cloth or brushed on and they also give the timber a natural shine and appearance.
They also don't have to be the only finish applied to the timber either they can also be applied after a stain has been used such as a shellac or varnish.
By adding this finish after a stain it helps to bring out the stains colour and it also helps to protect it better from marks or scratches.
Over time This type of finish tends to slightly harden and they are difficult for bare timbers to absorb because of how thick they are. This is a good finish for applying to furniture pieces that may need extra maintenance and protection such as a table.
This type of finish is a very good product for increasing a timbers durability, shine and moisture resistance. You can also buy coloured waxes suitable for the different colours of timber such as lighter or darker timbers and it is used enhance the unique colour of a particular timber.
This sort of finish is good to use if you fell your furniture needs the extra protection or enhance aesthetics but it also does require more maintenance and more often than a traditional timber stain or finish.