Finish for portable communion kit

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Forum topic by Quoheleth posted 10-27-2015 04:14 PM 629 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2015 04:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finish lacquer polyurethane

I would like some suggestions or thoughts on the best finish for some small, portable communion kits I am making for pastors. These boxes are approximately 8×5x2, made from various scrap pieces of hardwood I have around the shop. So far, I have boxes made out of cherry, mahogany and purple heart. I have some tiger maple, walnut, and pecan I also plan to use in the next set.

Pastors carry their boxes in their cars, in brief cases, and in sweaty palms (sorry, but it’s true – especially in Texas summers). We use these to carry the sacramental elements to visit people in homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and other places. While the boxes are not deliberately abused, they do get a lot of wear over the years.

I’m trying to figure out the best finish for these boxes. I’m back-and-forth between spray lacquer over BLO (I like how oil brings out grain) and polyurethane. The lacquer isn’t the hardest of finishes, but it is easily reparable when it gets worn. Another big plus is that I can spray a couple coats in a day’s time and have them out the door the next day. Poly is more durable, I think, and may offer a little more protection for the wood but when it gets scuffed it’s harder to deal with.

Is this one of those “six of one, half-dozen of the other” situations, where either would be good?


-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill

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#1 posted 03-04-2016 12:57 AM

Have you tried Tung Oil? You can use high gloss and flat. With many coats it becomes tough and beautiful. Easy to repair.

-- Ken, New Hampshire,

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