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Forum topic by Juansnapon posted 03-28-2011 05:06 AM 889 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2011 05:06 AM

Finally finished one of two serving trays out of Red wood and Pine, used these woods because they were cheep and lite. Well not quite finished still need to finish it. Sanded with 220 grit and its smoothed and ready for a
coat of finish. My question is what should I finish it with? Should I use oil or can I use a clear coat finish? I plan on serving chips or popcorn in the middle and condiments on the sides in ceramic bowls, so what should I use to finish it?

-- Juan, Fresno CA.

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 05:15 AM

Mineral oil won’t posion anyone.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 03:44 AM

I would use polyurethane or shellac. The problem I see with a oil finish here is the popcorn. I think it may cause spots where the oil from it absorbs into the wood unevenly causing random spots. Also, the popcorn oil can become rancid. I would want to seal it and plain oil won’t do that. Poly, shellac, laquer,blo, etc., are all food safe once they are fully cured. Unless you eat it, but then redwood splinters would finish you off fasrwe anyway. As always, test on scrap. Nice looking snak tray.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 06:39 AM

wipe on poly

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