Towel bars

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Blog entry by richgreer posted 1694 days ago 558 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wants me to make new towel bars out of wood for the bathroom. These towel bars will have to hold moist towels while they dry. What, if any, finish will hold up to this kind of use? I would prefer not to paint them but that may be my only option.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 1694 days ago

A good poly will hold up fine. If you really want to over kill the finish go with spar varnish.

-- Custom furniture

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1694 days ago

Ditto Jim’s comment.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 1694 days ago

The hand towel bar I turned is finished with CA just like when I make pens.
It’s as shiny and clear as the day it was made; more than a year old.

-- Gary, Florida.

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Dan Lyke

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#4 posted 1694 days ago

I’ve got a floor poly from my local paint store that I love. It goes on easier than anything I’ve used before, washes out of the brush easily. The only thing that I don’t like is that the finish ends up looking a little thicker than I’d hoped, but the stuff appears to be bomb-proof.

It’s what I’ll be using on bathroom fixtures.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#5 posted 1693 days ago

I built a set of towel bars , robe hangers and paper holder for the bathroom I used Plain old Minwax poly.(gloss] they have been up for about 6 years and still look as good as new.

-- wchips

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