Refinishing my dog's feeding table

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I built an elevated table to put my dog’s 2 bowls in. Its made out of red oak, and finsihed with a salad bowl finsih. Nothing on the table is stained. i used walnut plugs, and letters.

It’s getting dirty, and looks like its discolored from water, etc. Any suggestions?

A. What would you suggest that I clean it with?

B. Is polyurathane safe for pets after its cured (water or oil based)?


-- GlennL, New Jersey

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#1 posted 2243 days ago

Interesting article for you on “food-safe” finishes:

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#2 posted 2242 days ago

Glenn – I think I would sand it down to the bare wood and then use a good film finish such as poly. All finishes are safe once dried. Some will argue the point, but I would not hesitate to use poly around my pets. I wouldn’t let them drink from the poly can, but once it’s dried there’s not an issue.

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#3 posted 2242 days ago

Considering the things I’ve seen my dogs eat over the years, any finish will do. (I had a Bouvier that liked light bulbs, and my current Retriever prefers hardwood flooring off-cuts and asphalt shingles)

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#4 posted 2242 days ago

My dog prefers to eat lying down with her face in the bowl so I haven’t had that same problem but I’ve got a cat feeding table that gets a bit grungy from food stains. I’ve been able to get that clean using orange cleaner and a soft scouring pad. I think for the dog bowl stand I’d use epoxy as a finish since there’s a water bowl too.

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#5 posted 2241 days ago

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Excellent information, this will answer all your questions. I use this advise like it is the law. These guy’s specialize in counter tops. They’ll tell you what to use, how to use it, and how to care for it. What more could you ask for. They do not mind sharing information.
Pets deserve being spoilt, when you think about what they give us, like unconditional love. And they ask for so little in return. We have a 5 year old Golden Retriever and a little black cat we found at the Humane society 6 years ago, they’re like 2 more kids. They have sure brought a lot of joy into our family.
Good luck

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#6 posted 2241 days ago

Clean the wood… sand off good…

Soak in Mineral Oil… rub off access after awhile… like a cutting board…

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#7 posted 2241 days ago

use either Waterlox or ARM R SEAl as a will hwve no further issues…apply 3 or 4 coats of either..and everyknown top coat is food safe once its cured…mineral oil isnt a just doesnt go rancid..its a left there

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#8 posted 2240 days ago

I use Waterlox all the time its awesome….

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#9 posted 2238 days ago

I’m glad that you found a solution

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