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BTimmons

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03-26-2012 07:11 PM

Title pretty much says it all. Friday nights are usually spent at a friend’s house, and the good old fashioned gin & tonic is the usual drink of choice. One guy usually makes 3 or 4 drinks at a time and carries them into the living room and I thought he might benefit from a nice serving tray.

So obviously, shellac is out. I’m thinking wipe on satin poly, but would love to hear if there are other low maintenance, highly durable finishes. What are your recommendations for a finish that looks nice, and (obviously) won’t dissolve in alcohol?

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 07:30 PM

Waterborne poly floor finish.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 07:31 PM

i dont think anything can hold up to gin … certainly not MY stomach … reminds me of pine needles. I dont really have anything to contribute except for my bad taste in humor. Good luck on the build.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 11:31 PM

Floor finish it is. And yeah, gin by itself tastes like fabric softener. But the good stuff, when mixed well, is another story!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Martyroc

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 11:35 PM

I wood have also agree with the waterborne floor finish. I have used epoxy when doing bar tops with great success, but it would probably add a little too much weight to the tray.

gin by itself tastes like fabric softener

that’s funny, drink much fabric softener do you? ;-D


-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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BTimmons

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 12:01 AM

Yep. Although bleach will do in a pinch.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Loren

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 12:49 AM

Spar varnish is pretty tough and resistant. It’s ambering and
not as plasticky-looking in my opinion compared with some
of the polyurethane type finishes.

If you want to go all out, use a 2-part floor or marine finish,
but those are probably tougher than you really need. Spar
varnish is inexpensive, easy to work with, and it’s nice for
general use.

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 01:07 AM

Many bars use poorable epoxy finishes.

http://www.uscomposites.com/kk121.html

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bench_dogg

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#8 posted 03-27-2012 03:25 AM

Oil and wax, introduce your friends to coasters and/or allow the piece to develop some character.

Or just build a nice cabinet and put that in your man cave so you don’t have to walk so far.

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rustynails

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#9 posted 03-28-2012 01:51 AM

Tanqueray and Burnett’s would defiantly finish the tray quite nicely ….

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