I don't know if it is the BEST finish for a trivet, but, I used
Butcher's Wax (in the bright orange can) and a paint brush. This was
recommended to me from my instructor as I was completing a basic
blacksmithing class. All you need to do is wire wheel off all the scale
until you are satisfied, then place the trivet on top of the coals for
about 10-15 seconds. Don't blow any air into the fire. You just want
the trivet warm enough to slightly singe the back of you hand. Then
take it out with a pair of tongs and quickly brush on the wax. It will
melt nicely and flow into all the cracks and crevices to give it a nice
coating. I made mine for my wife 2 years ago and I haven't had to
refinish it yet. To refinish, simply rebrush if it needs it and then
reheat and rewax. That helps it prevent rust and still keep the silver
and black look from the forge.
Hope this helps,
Oooooh I don't know. I made a bunch of trivets for gifts and just put
Danish oil on them. I think the maple and Kentucky coffee wood I made them
from might have darkened too much if I set them on hot coals.
i.e. http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid 32
Yeah, I know. But he asked for the best....
I have the marble slightly higher than the wood, so the wood will never burn.
I've also seen burned trivets.
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I use Boiled Linseed Oil, and it has held up fine for several years on
the ones we use at home. Haven't had any negative comments from folks
who bought them, or received them as gifts, either. One or two coats,
them let them "cure" for a week or so.
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