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Forum topic by tealetm posted 12-20-2016 02:40 AM 385 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2016 02:40 AM

Last minute project is a large routed serving tray that my mother hinted would be nice (just yesterday of course).

What would you all recommend for a quick finish since it will only have a few days to cure? I’m hesitant to just use mineral oil for some reason…


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#1 posted 12-20-2016 02:59 AM

Use a water based polyurethane, dries crystal clear, hard, and fast.

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#2 posted 12-20-2016 03:06 AM

Shellac, spray can or wipe on. You can hit the wood with a wipe on coat of BLO to pop the grain, wipe off any excess and hit with shellac right away.

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#3 posted 12-20-2016 03:23 AM

I haven’t used shellac in a while. I’ve been using mineral oil on all my boards, and I really enjoy using Waterlox for some strange reason. I do have a can of fast drying spray on poly I could try… thanks for the input.

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#4 posted 12-20-2016 04:13 AM


I haven t used shellac in a while. I ve been using mineral oil on all my boards, and I really enjoy using Waterlox for some strange reason. I do have a can of fast drying spray on poly I could try… thanks for the input.

- tealetm

I missed serving tray, if hot stuff on it I would not use Shellac.
So not knowing all the details, why ask? Sounds like you already have your mind made up!!
I just love posters like you.

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#5 posted 12-20-2016 04:26 AM

For a serving tray that needs durability and a quick cure, conversion varnish would be an excellent choice if you’ve got the spray equipment to use it. I’m guessing you don’t? As long as you aren’t working in a cold environment (bad idea for conversion varnish) it cures hard enough to be packed and shipped within a day or two of finishing.

Water-based poly is probably the next best choice if you’re restricted to wiping or brushing it on.

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#6 posted 12-20-2016 04:32 AM

He did mention it was a serving tray. He asked about something fast. I suggested poly and he has some he can use. You even said not to use the shellac you recommended at first because of potential heat. Everything is cool with this project, why the sarcasm and temper?

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#7 posted 12-20-2016 05:19 AM



He did mention it was a serving tray. He asked about something fast. I suggested poly and he has some he can use. You even said not to use the shellac you recommended at first because of potential heat. Everything is cool with this project, why the sarcasm and temper?

- papadan

Heated food on the serving tray!!! Does not work good with Shellac. He did not say what is going to be on it at serving time!!!
He got suggestions but seems to stay with his way.
Mineral Oil would be fine, wipe on, wipe off and ship, it really does not need to dry.
Heck he could use BLO wipe on, let sit a few minutes, wipe of excess.
Heck coconut oil would work too.
How many finishing scenarios do you want?
Why dont some new wood works spent $25 on a good finishing book from Jewett or Flexner? It is another tool!!!

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#8 posted 12-20-2016 05:33 AM


He did mention it was a serving tray. He asked about something fast. I suggested poly and he has some he can use. You even said not to use the shellac you recommended at first because of potential heat. Everything is cool with this project, why the sarcasm and temper?

- papadan

It could be a cheese ,sausage and cracker serving tray, or raw veggies with a dip serving tray, or a Cocktail serving tray or hot meat serving tray?? See what I mean? Post with a question, but not specific info!!

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#9 posted 12-20-2016 09:06 AM

If I bite my tounge any harder mrbob it will surely fall off. I don’t see the need to defend my question- I’ve learned a lot from this site as have countless others and I’ll leave it at that.

In the spirit of keeping things civil: moderators feel free to close this thread if you’d like. Thank you all for the useful suggestions you’ve given. I’ll take them and make a decision.

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