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Forum topic by grace123 posted 712 days ago 1032 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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grace123

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712 days ago

I am planning to make trivets for Christmas gifts. Yes I know it is August, but …. Does anyone have experience, good or bad, with using a finish? Using a trivet with no finish at all is going to do the job of protecting a tablet or counter from a hot pan. I don’t want to have any type of the finish melt onto the bottom of a pan. Suggestions?

Also, I am planning end grain cut off in a pattern for the trivets. Has anyone had experience, good or bad, with any of the glues?

Thanks.


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PocketsFullOfSawdust

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#1 posted 698 days ago

I don’t have experience or testing for trivets but for glue, I’d say Titebond III. I use it when I’m not sure. The other option is epoxy. As for finish, I’d probably recommend an oil or maybe Waterlox ( www.waterlox.com ).
Good Luck

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#2 posted 698 days ago

I would recommend the Titebond III (3) because it passes the ANSI Type One Test: AKA: “Boiling Water Soak.”

In other words, it deals well with heat, and moisture, two things a trivet/hot plate will most likely encounter.

See the video I learned this from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNo66AFbZOo&list=UU84kr2zOvY6Pyfnv8yYdQRA&index=10&feature=plcp

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lumberjoe

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#3 posted 698 days ago

I’ve often wondered about heat resistant finishes as well. My wife wants a couple nice trivets. Would a phenolic resin modified tung oil (waterlox or Rockhard) work well? I can’t imagine polyurethane or shellac would hold up for long.

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CplSteel

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#4 posted 697 days ago

Poly is actually supposed to be quite good at dealing with heat.

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#5 posted 697 days ago

I have made a lot of scrolled trivets and just finished them with a mineral oil soak, then let them drain and dry and buff with a brown paper bag. Have one on my table that has been used for several years and still looks good. Most of the ones I gave as gifts wound up on the wall rather than the table.

-- Kepy

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