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Forum topic by jasonallen posted 02-23-2014 10:01 PM 1134 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2014 10:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing end grain

I have made some end grain coasters out of some scraps I had and I am trying to decide how to finish them. My thoughts were tung oil to make them water resistant, or lacquer to seal them since the end grain is pretty porous. I’ve never really tried to do a “water resistant” finish before. Obviously coasters made from scraps aren’t a big deal but I’d like to do it right anyway. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 11:17 PM

I have used wipe on oil based poly. It seems to be holding up pretty good.

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 08:48 AM

I used a water based poly on an aquarium stand. 3 years later, still no issues.
Not quite apples to apples but it’s all I got.

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 09:18 AM

Hmmm, aren’t coasters supposed to keep water off tables and the like? Seems to me, raw might work best as it would wick the water. Depends on the wood of coarse. An alternative to that would be to finish with some oil. I would try one out w/oil finish and see what happens.

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 12:16 PM

Whatever you use, make sure it can tolerate hot mugs. I made coasters out of scrabble tiles and sealed it with a craft product (modge podgy). They look lovely, but it you try to use them with a cup of tea, they stick to the bottom of the mug. Not good.

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#5 posted 02-25-2014 12:40 AM

My plan was to hopefully keep the water off the table while also keeping a nice non water damaged finish on the coasters. Of course, if I do make them water resistant they aren’t going to hold much water before it runs off onto the table anyway unless I put a raised edge around them, which I wasn’t planning on doing. Now that friends and family saw how cool the end grain looks everyone wants some so I guess I’ll have plenty of opportunity to experiment. Now I just have to make some more suitable scraps…

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#6 posted 02-25-2014 01:40 AM

I made some a little bit ago, when i asked on another website(bc i wasn’t on here yet) i was told to use boiled linseed oil, they look good but i haven’t used them to see how they work which i need to do. Here’s how they look

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#7 posted 02-26-2014 04:51 AM

Cool! I like those.

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#8 posted 03-02-2014 01:54 PM

shellac is also water resistant and if it scratches just put on another coat

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