I am making trivets (Hot Pads) for my daughter. The wood is maple.
What finish should I use that won't flake off or turn color from heat when you
put a hot dish on it?
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You may want to reread the original post before you wet your pants over
possibly finding some bit of trivia. He asked about trivets and hot plates.
Hot plates do not equate to a cast iron frying pan coming directly off the
stove or the thanksgiving turkey pan directly out of a 350 degree oven after
At some point the wood, BLO or no, will start to, at a minimum, discolor or
char. It is entirely possible to get a pan hot enough to char wood and there
isn't a common woodworking finish in the world that will prevent it.
You said your piece and I said mine, without, I might add, getting smart ass
about it and your reply.
I dunno, maybe ignorance is bliss. We often take a cast iron pan from the
oven at about 325 to 375 and just put it on the wood. So far, no burns, not
discoloration. It could change, I 've only been doing it for 20+ years so
maybe over time it will do some harm.
I've got a section of countertop that is unfinished maple used as a cutting
board. It has a rather large scorch mark from a frying pan that was taken off
the gas burner and placed on it. My wife didn't think it would do any harm
The repair is somewhere on my "Honey do" list.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Not I who read what he wanted - and assumed. He's building trivets - follow
this - parenthesis hot pads. English is a wonderful language, learn it.
Note the delicate difference between pad and plate, as well.
Penetrating finishes will not flake off. Thus BLO seems fine. Has been,
as I said, at our house. Oldest around 7 years, woods white pine, red oak,
You might be able to scorch the wood - I know the cherry has scorched, but
that's not the oil.
If you've got a pan hot enough to scorch the oil used in cooking, you
generally don't have food in it, but garbage.
Gentlemen: (I should say "Ladies and Gentlemen")
Reading this thread to the end is disheartening. We're all
woodworkers, not politicians trying to discredit on another. Is a
little civility beyond what is to be hoped for?
i.e. this tone of "you are obviously such a dumshit for not seeing the
obvious. I on the other hand..."
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