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Forum topic by hg1027 posted 02-24-2018 06:35 PM 1269 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2018 06:35 PM

I’ve made a step for my girls to stand on while they brush their teeth, now trying to decide on a finish. The top is pecan with end grain Chinese elm tenons, and a few places I filled gaps and cracks with epoxy.

Poly seems to be the right answer here, as it will be stood on with wet feet and splashed by the bath every day. I’d like to try shellac and beeswax on something, but this is probably not the right use.


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#1 posted 02-24-2018 07:34 PM

I agree shellac and wax isn’t a good way to go. I’d stick with something like Arm-R-Seal or Waterlox. If you want to go water based, General Finishes High Performance is great stuff.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 02-24-2018 08:07 PM

Whatever the finish,
I would consider some decorative grip tape so your girls, with wet feet, don’t end up on the ground.

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#3 posted 02-24-2018 09:56 PM

You could embed a bit of sand in the finish to give it some grip on their feet. I’ve never personally done that but it should work. Failing that, you need some other way to give some grip, such as the grip tape suggested above. A little water on a smoothly finished step and it’s instant slip and fall.

I would absolutely go with the most durable finish you can find. It’s basically like a piece of flooring.

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#4 posted 02-24-2018 11:32 PM

Thanks for the ideas, I’ll do a test piece with sand or maybe coarse epoxy sawdust.

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#5 posted 02-25-2018 06:02 AM

When I was working for the school district I and a couple others built a ton of steps for class room sink access. We’d build them and the paint shop would put a water based clear coat on them and then we’d put peel and stick safety grip material on them .

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#6 posted 02-25-2018 07:33 AM

The one I had as a kid was painted. The ones I built for my kids were finished in one coat of Danish oil. You know what happened when they got splashed? Nothing. Both are still going strong 20+ years later. No grip tape or sand but you can feel the woodgrain. Kids are alive and well, un-maimed. The more layers of film finish you put on, the slicker it will be when wet. A little water isn’t going to hurt the wood.

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#7 posted 02-25-2018 07:41 AM


The one I had as a kid was painted. The ones I built for my kids were finished in one coat of Danish oil. You know what happened when they got splashed? Nothing. Both are still going strong 20+ years later. No grip tape or sand but you can feel the woodgrain. Kids are alive and well, un-maimed. The more layers of film finish you put on, the slicker it will be when wet. A little water isn t going to hurt the wood.

- Woodknack

School district custodians like easy as possible surfaces to wipe/dust/down. Edit to add, we didn’t have a choice on the safety grip.

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#8 posted 02-25-2018 03:17 PM

+1 on Danish oil. I think that I applied some paste wax after the Danish oil cured as well. Made several for my kids and nephews and they show no signs of water damage. The kids are okay too.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 02-25-2018 06:24 PM

Yeah if I were making them for a school I’d put tread tape on them too.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 02-25-2018 09:49 PM

To me it’s all about eliminating risks.

I’m glad you all kids made it through unscathed, So did I.
I’m sure there have been many that have had teeth knocked out
or bit through their tongue when they slipped off the step and hit their chin on the counter top.

Each their own…

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#11 posted 02-25-2018 10:32 PM



When I was working for the school district I and a couple others built a ton of steps for class room sink access. We d build them and the paint shop would put a water based clear coat on them and then we d put peel and stick safety grip material on them .

- AlaskaGuy

That’s one of the BEST Step designs I’ve seen AG! I was thinking of doing one for a neighbor. That’s It, right there! Copyright? ...lol… Thanks AG!

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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