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07-07-2008 08:26 PM

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 07-07-2008 08:28 PM

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

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#2 posted 07-08-2008 12:50 AM

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 07-08-2008 01:17 AM

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 07-08-2008 02:40 AM

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 07-09-2008 12:48 PM

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Good luck

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#6 posted 07-09-2008 08:18 PM

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 07-09-2008 09:26 PM

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 07-10-2008 08:52 PM

I use Waterlox all the time its awesome….

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#9 posted 07-12-2008 02:19 PM

I’m glad that you found a solution

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