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I am making some trivets for Christmas presents using walnut and was wondering what type of finish was best to use giving that it will need to be able to stand up to a bit of heat. Thanks for any ideas you can give me.
 

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I don't put a finish on mine. If they are intended to put a hot dish on rather that a cooking dish I would think that poly would stand up. Pots and pans or dish's right out of the microwave would probably be a different issue.
 

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wood , most all finishes are a form of plastic, so film finishes are not a good option, including poly, oil is your best bet , a couple coats of Arm r seal or waterlox , will hold up as well as any thing, but dont exceed 3 coats or you will start to form a film, but no finish is heat resistant
 

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You should NOT put hot pots, pulled directly from the stove, on any surface finished with Waterlox (or really any other coating). Use pot holders or some other type of insulating material under pots or pans pulled from the stove or oven.

If you should spill boiling water or soups or spill hot food onto the surface, generally speaking, a Waterlox finished countertop will withstand these occasional spills; wipe up surface immediately.

Waterlox products offer very good heat resistance, which is why they can be used on countertops, around stoves, or fireplaces (mantels). But like most organic coatings; repeated exposure to temperatures above 300 F will slowly disintegrate them. Generally, objects that are temporarily in contact with the fiinish will not harm the Waterlox finish as long as they are not hotter than about 200 degrees F.

Hope this helps.

Chip Schaffner - Waterlox Coatings
 
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