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    What finish is recommended for coasters? I assume it will need to be waterproof. Would danish oil be enough to protect it? How about this followed with Deft spray lacquer?
    Mike

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    Acrylic lacquer ought to be waterproof, but you'd need a good build-up, in which case poly varnish might do better for you.

    I have some neat stuff, Minwax sanding sealer, which is a thin varnish for raising the grain and sealing before final sanding and finishing. I think a coat of that, sanding, and a coat of polyurethane spar varnish would do a great job on coasters.

    Pete

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    • #3
      I agree with Pete....go for a poly. In fact, I just read in Issue 26 of THIS magazine, that Minwax has a new poly out. Try that!!!

      Unless you plan to eat off it, then it's a whole `nuther story..............but I ain't going there:biggrin_old:
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      D. Platt

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      • #4
        Would Watco Danish oil and then poly suffice? I already use the oil on other products, which means only buying one more thing. Just like wood, I hate having too many different kinds around.
        Mike

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        • #5
          Mike,

          I make coasters on the lathe, and I finish them with a product called Patina.

          I find this works better than just about any other finish I have tried, as it is impervious to water, hot coffee, red wine - just about anything that you care to mention.

          The only snag may be that I don't know if it is available in the US.

          Regards

          Gary
          Gary

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          • #6
            Id choose envirotex , like mentioned in your other thread, it would cure both of your problems. Dale
            Dale w/ yella saws

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            • #7
              I think a semi-gloss polyurethane would look great on your compact-mirror projects

              Last edited by workin for wood; 01-09-2007, 04:57 PM.
              Jeff Powell

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              • #8
                coasters

                Originally posted by Taffy Turner
                Mike,

                I make coasters on the lathe, Gary
                Are you just making them round on a lathe?
                Cathy
                Cathy

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                • #9
                  EnviroTex

                  As Dale mentioned, Envirotex would be a good choice, it is a two part epoxy, one thick coat equals 50 coats of varnish.

                  Its pour-on coating, its a high gloss, very durable, and chemical resistant coating.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cskipper
                    Are you just making them round on a lathe?
                    Cathy
                    Cathy,

                    Sorry for the delay in replying - I only just noticed your question.

                    Sometimes they are round, other times I just take a section of branch wood and part it off into thin slices (kind of like a salami), then the coaster ends up whatever shape the branch was - this works well with woods that have different colour heart and sap wood - like Yew for example.

                    Regards

                    Gary
                    Gary

                    My saw - Axminster AWSF18

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                    • #11
                      Salami

                      Gary,

                      I like that idea...

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                      • #12
                        I have used the Minwax wipe on poly on a rocking horse that I built and on a sign that I plan to put outdoors. I am really happy with the results. About $8 at Wally World.

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                        • #13
                          I tried the Envirotex on coasters that I made for Christmas gifts. This made a very nice finish and worked well when the coasters were used for cold beverages. However, when a hot coffee mug was placed on the coaster, it was a different story. When you pick up your cup, the coaster sticks to the bottom of the mug!! Any other suggestions?
                          Tammy

                          Pressure makes diamonds

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                          • #14
                            Let me ask you a question, your saying this happened after the coffee/tea had been poured into the cup, when you went to pick up the cup, it stuck to the coating that was on the coaster.

                            Did you allow the pour - on " epoxy" coating enough time to fully cure before you put it into service.

                            I can see this happening if you took pot directly off the stove and put it directly on a coaster or trivet. But not if you poured the liquid into the cup, and then removed it.

                            Here, is a way that you might want to try, coat one side of the trivet or a coaster, leave the other side in the raw wood, when you using it for serving, use the raw wood side. When your using it for "show" use the side that is coated, you can use any coating that you have on hand.


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