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Forum topic by TomHoffman posted 01-23-2016 11:15 PM 346 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2016 11:15 PM

I am in the process of building a Western Red Cedar Drain Board to sit to the left of our sink. It will be angled slightly with “U” shaped groves to channel the water to the sink. I have used WRC to make boats and it is a good wood for wet areas but I finished it and sealed it in with epoxy.

I really don’t want to use epoxy in this instance, but my finishing skills are pretty much limited to polyurethane another one I don’t want to use.

Is there an Oil finish that would work? Or would just carnuba wax right on the wood be sufficient with periodic re applications?

Any suggestions or knowledgeable guidance will be gratefully received.

-- "Lord, keep your arm around my shoulders and your hand firmly over my mouth!!"

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#1 posted 01-24-2016 04:54 AM

It would be better than nothing. That’s all I got. Epoxy is the far and away best choice. Some others would fare well. Just don’t know which ones.

Just trying to bump your thread back up. Maybe change the topic to “Tinishing suggestions for a sink drying rack” maybe?

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#2 posted 01-24-2016 08:09 AM

Drain Board??

I had to laugh. I thought I was the only one to ever call it that. Every time I use that expression, my wife and kids roll thier eyes and tell me to “get hip”. “It’s never called that any more”.......................

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#3 posted 01-24-2016 12:58 PM

What’sit called now??? That’s all I have ever heard it called in the Mid West (Iowa).

Guess I must be showing my age. Did a search on line for wooden drain boards and tons came up. Interesting…

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#4 posted 01-24-2016 02:08 PM

The typical oil and/or wax finishes will need to renewed frequently to keep the project from deteriorating since it will see a lot of wet/dry cycles. Since you don’t want epoxy or poly, consider an oil based exterior paint base. The highest base #, for dark colors, doesn’t have pigment in it and will dry pretty clear.

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