Best finish for a communion cup?

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Forum topic by derosa posted 05-27-2014 02:10 AM 780 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2014 02:10 AM

The wife needed a special communion cup for her chaplain job that allows her to open doors without juggling a cup and a plate. However now that I have finished it I realize I have no idea what finish will hold up to wine and grape juice. Any ideas?

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#1 posted 05-27-2014 12:22 PM


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#2 posted 05-27-2014 04:31 PM

How about a glass liner for the cup, something like a boiled egg holder, it could even be a plastic disposable liner. The cup could then even have an open/decorative outside for a little more “drama”/beauty. Just a thought off the top of my head early this AM.

Other than that I don’t have any suggestions for a finish that would hold up the alcohol/grape juice (stain) and washing it after use.

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#3 posted 05-27-2014 05:38 PM


How about polyurethane? I have never done cups, but a maple table and maple lazy susan have held up for forty years and look just about new. Not much alcohol, but with two daughters, the herds of girls that seem to come with them and three grand children, tons of grape juice spills along with everything else possible. Still look new.

Poly, when cured, is just as food safe as anything. One just has to let it cure completely.


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#4 posted 05-28-2014 01:22 AM

I’ll have to try the poly.
oldnovice- thanks for the suggestion but the cup has a divider built in so the wine is on one side of the cup and the wafers are on the other side of the cup. She was having trouble knocking on doors and entering at the nursing home while holding a plate and a cup.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 01:25 AM

why not stain it with wine

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 01:56 AM

“Tried and True” varnish, it’s food safe

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