Hi...I am trying to make a nice set of turned wood goblets. I havn't
been able to find a suitable finish to seal the wood and to protect
the beverage. I have read alot about '4 part finishes' that involve
coats of one thing to seal the wood and 2 coats of another to protect
the beverage, but none of them will reveal what the finishes are.
What is out there that will seal the goblets well enough to pour a
dring into, yet not rub off on the drink itself??
You will find some controversy in this area but the experts I choose
to believe say that lacquer and ploy are both totally non-toxic once
all the volatile chemicals have evaporated and sufficiently gassed
off. Therefore, poly would be tough enough to stand up to this type of
You can find salad bowl finish at Woodcraft. It is a varnish that sets
very hard and clear and is made for use on food items.
Honestly, I would just treat them with mineral oil, which is totally
food safe (it is even included in some foods). This would impede the
intrusion of moisture from wine or beer, etc. Or even just raw wood or
maybe waxed. Raw might get stained from wine. If this was a storage
container i would worry more, but an hour filled with wine is pretty
I think any finish will start to chip around the sharp edges near the
drinking interface so that is why I would go for an oil or wax.
I do a lot of goblets (good market for them in my area) and what works best for
me is a few coats of Danish Oil and a good buffing with the Beall system...
Like most finishes, it might kill you if you drink it, but you'd have a hard
time chewing or dissolving enough of any finish off the harm you...
Also, the carnauba wax that the buffing puts on helps seal the grain and it's
used as an ingredient in lots of food products..
BTW.. I'd guess that maybe 10% of the goblets that I've sold ever had anything
in them but dust from being displayed, and the few that got "wet" were used once
for a toast or something....
Enjoy making the goblets, and check out rec.crafts.woodturning... some very
nice, helpful folks there...
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