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    I have been cutting trivets out of 3/8" hardwoods. I had originally been using Danish oil, but now a purchaser intends to hang them in their windows as decorations. I know there is a Behr Tung oil with UV protectants, but do I really need to use some other type of finish? I need to be able to dip the pieces because of all the detailed cuts. These may still be used as trivets, so there needs to be some heat resistance and now protection from the sun. Please offer suggestions.

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    I would stay with the Danish oil, There has been much discussion on the "Trouble with Trivets"....that is for the Star Trek fans...
    Here is another answer link from the people at Watco

    Something that is amusing to me, but not to the makers of trivets, is that the trivet's function is to protect another surface.
    Just like a backer board protects the back of a fretwork piece to prevent the fuzzies from appearing.
    I feel that sometimes the richer darker color imparted by a pot to a trivet adds to the character by creating it's own patina.
    But that is just my feeling.

    Good luck, Carl
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