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Forum topic by Gary Fixler posted 01-18-2011 08:30 AM 2303 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gary Fixler

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01-18-2011 08:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut maple coaster coasters finish question

I had some leftovers from a walnut and maple end grain cutting board, and realized I could make end grain coasters to match it. I have 4 little ~4”x4” striped square blocks, about 1/2” thick now. I’ll be finishing the cutting board with butcher block oil, which will significantly yellow the maple. I considered using it for the coasters as well, but I don’t think it’ll work. You’re not supposed to really soak end grain cutting boards, and coasters need to handle quite a bit of moisture. Any idea of a good finish that will allow someone to put a glass of ice water on it in the Florida heat? I’ve considered something like a cork appliqué on top, but it would hide the alternating wood stripes.

Thanks!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator


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Dez

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 09:46 AM

You could use a drying oil like tung oil to get the color and then when dry a poly finish would make it pretty water resistant.

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 03:38 AM

How about fiberglass resin ? That would exclude moisture from ever permeating the wood, yet allow you to see through.

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 04:39 AM

Thanks for the ideas. I hadn’t considered fiberglass resin, but I think it warrants some tests.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 05:56 AM

I would go with Dez on this one, tung oil and poly, plus a coat of wax applied every few years for that extra amount of water deflection. The two part pour on finishes may work well for this, but I havn’t tried them so I can’t say for sure

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 01:11 PM

Thanks, Travis (and Dez!). I finished the board today and am shipping it off tomorrow to mom. I’m going to hang on to the coasters for a bit while I think about exactly what I’d like to do. They can be a surprise extra gift later. I’ll run some tests. I think I have tung oil, but I need to check.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 09:57 PM

i might be too late, but what about bar top finish? I don’t know a lot about it (or whether you can get smaller quantities) but I assume that it would be pretty water resistant.

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#7 posted 02-10-2011 10:07 PM

I sprayed mine with spray on spar varnish. I used 4-5 coats and they are as good today as the day I sprayed them and we use them every day. I used Man-o-War spray on.
It was very easy to do and the finish looked like a poly finish.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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