Serving tray needs to be "Booze-Proof"

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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 in Arlington, TX

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#1 posted 759 days ago

Waterborne poly floor finish.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#2 posted 759 days ago

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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#3 posted 759 days ago

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

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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#4 posted 759 days ago

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

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#5 posted 759 days ago

Yep. Although bleach will do in a pinch.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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#6 posted 759 days ago

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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#7 posted 759 days ago

Many bars use poorable epoxy finishes.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 759 days ago

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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#9 posted 758 days ago

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

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