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Forum topic by Ben Miller posted 01-22-2011 07:26 AM 1281 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben Miller

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01-22-2011 07:26 AM

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Hi all,

I’ve been recruited by my mother-in-law to build her a wood stove top that she can use while entertaining guests. They have a very large finished basement with a very small kitchen attached. This kitchen has a nice counter-top and stove, but more often than not they are using the stove for serving food from along with the counter when there are large crowds. So, she wants something to put over the top of the burner grates (with the burners and stove off of course) to even them out when placing 9×13 pans of food on them. So, I’m looking for a finish (poly or lacquer or something) that will hold up relatively well with very warm dishes placed on it.

It is going to be a simple design. Probably pine, because I’m cheap, and stained to match the woodwork in their house. I thought of doing some mortise work and dropping some ceramic tile in there, but she will have to cart this thing up and down the stairs and I don’t want to add too much weight to it. So, I’m back to a plain old wood design.

Thoughts / suggestions / tips / tricks would be much appreciated.


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#1 posted 01-22-2011 04:41 PM

I have used water based poly on walnut and maple trivets for the dining room table. So far it has held up well for hot bowls/casseroles.


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#2 posted 01-22-2011 06:17 PM

Lew – thanks for the input! Do you think that a large flat piece will be more susceptible to finish damage from heat vs. a trivet?

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#3 posted 01-22-2011 06:45 PM

This past summer I refinished some cast iron parts to use on a real working wood stove. I used Automotive header paint rated for 2000 degrees (I was skeptical). I used black and yellow, both colors have held up very well so far. You might consider kerf-cutting some wood “tiles” in your piece, paint the “tiles” and use traditional wood finishing on the frame.

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#4 posted 01-22-2011 07:09 PM


Spar varnish is pretty durable and heat resistant. So is poly varnish.

Lacquer won’t hold up to this use I don’t think.

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