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Forum topic by lumberjoe posted 12-03-2012 12:58 AM 1111 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2012 12:58 AM

I’m making my mom a trivet for Christmas this year. It’s just about done and it’s one of the only projects I have ever done that came out as good as I had hoped it would have. My only issue now is finish. Because of the design, it really has to be sprayed. I also don’t have much room to rub out the finish much, but I could get in there gently with some steel wool or a scotchbrite pad.

What will hold up the best? I have sprayed many coats of VERY thin ploy with success and extremely minimal rubbing out after. Will that stand up to heat?


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#1 posted 12-03-2012 01:03 AM

I just used pure tung oil on mine last year. No clear coat of any kind. I bet mineral oil would be fine too.

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 01:08 AM

I was thinking of mineral oil, but since this doesn’t have to be food safe like a cutting board, I want it to look nice. Mineral oil looks ok, but it will wear down over time.


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#3 posted 12-03-2012 01:21 AM

I think I used tung oil on mine too. Wipes on pretty easily.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 02:01 AM

i’ve used linseed oil before, worked fine

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 12:40 PM

I have been happy with the finish that I got when I used Watco Danish Oil. Others have recommended Deft Lacquer in a rattle can.

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 01:01 PM

I may try the oil route. If I do it will be Danish oil (because that is what I have). I’ve never used rattle can lacquer, but I would consider it. Does it require as much rubbing out as brushing lacquer?


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#7 posted 12-03-2012 01:47 PM

I have used mineral oil with good results. After letting it dry, then buffed with a brown paper bag. It can always be refreshed if it fades over time. Most of the oils should work although I don’t think lacquer would take the heat. Most of the ones I have given have wound up on the wall rather than getting used.

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#8 posted 12-03-2012 03:06 PM

i used watco danish oil on the one i made, its held up fine so far

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