|Forum topic by Betsy||posted 10-09-2015 02:12 AM||1032 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
10-09-2015 02:12 AM
I want to make some drinks coasters for a friend who is getting married back home. She and her hubby to be are quasi minimalists and they don’t plan to have a large house – as she says “if you didn’t have so much stuff you wouldn’t need a big house.” So a gift has to be on the smallish side. I’m also completely aware that it may not fit in their grand scheme of things and the coasters may end up at her mom’s place – which is fine – I have no objections to re-gifting. Long and short though i’m toying with making an end grain cutting board style coaster set. My question goes to finishing and condensation.
I’ve perused quite a number of posts about this question but didn’t really feel like I had a near-definitive answer. An end grain cutting board I finish with mineral oil. But I’m thinking that would not really work well for a coaster as the oil does not “seal” the wood I would think the condensation would seep into the coaster and make it bloat. On the other hand a film finish would lead to the condensation pooling on the coaster or worse – escaping to the table top I want to protect with the coaster.
One other variable as to the condensation is – is there really that much condensation from a glass that the finish on the coaster would really matter. I know the amount of condensation is variable from the temperature of the glass and the temperature in the room, but even with a modest to severe amount of condensation is it something to worry about?
And then of course what of a hot drink – mineral oil and hot just doesn’t sound good to me – in fact on my trivets I use linseed oil.
Oh yeah – another issue is that suction cup effect that sticks the glass to the coaster and when you pick up the drink you also get the coaster.
So if I want to make a coaster for both cold and hot drinks – what finish should I use? I really have my heart set on doing a coaster set just not sure about the finishing.
Any opinions would be appreciated.
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