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Forum topic by zazz posted 07-23-2010 10:09 PM 1219 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2010 10:09 PM

Hi Guys, can some one tell me what kind of a finish i can use on a turned coffee mug. And will hot coffee crack or split the wood.
What would be a safe finish, if any.


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#1 posted 07-23-2010 10:50 PM

Zazz – pulled the specs/instructions that Woodcraft has on their web site under SKU 836527
Go to the bottom of the Home page. It says “Product Instructions” under the Learning Center Banner. Type in the SKU. The instructions will come up as a PDF. You can print them out or save them.

Sheet recommendation:

Unfortunately, coffee spills are a normal occurrence, so a finish that resists moisture is required. In recognition of the heavy use you are likely to see with this mug, a CA, Epoxy (Mirror Coat), or poly fi nish is highly recommended. No matter which fi nish you use, cleaning the mug in the dishwasher is not recommend.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 03:14 AM

I’m not sure that with hot liquids that some of the chemicals in any finish would not seep out and could potentially be harmful.


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#3 posted 07-25-2010 09:44 PM

My Dad used ‘Crazy Glue’ to glue his teacup together many years ago…the first sip of tea from it made him violently sick…he never used that cup again of course. So I guess I’m saying don’t use CA glue as the finish.

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#4 posted 07-28-2010 04:31 AM


What kind of wood do you intend to use for this cup? Ash, osage orange, and cherry, among others impart no taste or smell and hold up well. Nearly any finish is food safe when when fully cured. Polyurethane would work fine if you give it 30 days or more to dry. Use the right wood and no, it won’t split from hot coffee.

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