Glue and Finish for a Wood Trivet
First, as the trivets will potentially be exposed to high heat coming from pots and such, does the glue type matter?
Second, I am concerned about the finish. I am pretty sure an oil finish is out of the question due to heat concerns, but would other finishes such as poly be damaged by the heat?
The best high temp glue is resorcinol. I don't know if there is a finish out there that will hold up to the kind of heat that you are likely to get from a hot pan right off of a burner.
From contributor M:
I agree with contributor K on the opposing grain issue. As for the heat, I have made a few trivets from scraps that I sell at crafts shows. My experience is that the pan has to be pretty darn hot to burn a trivet. Secondly, when people ask how well they will stand up, my reply is that the point of using them is that you ruin a $10 dollar trivet instead of your $2000 dining room table.
From contributor R:
I appreciate the input. I wouldn't normally oppose the grain in this manner, but I have been playing around with it for a couple of years and the worst problem I have had so far had been a little twisting. I haven't had any crack or blow apart yet. I find that if I make sure the moisture content is low when I finish them, there is little movement. These trivets are made by running dados 1/32" into the underlying piece of wood. At any rate, it's interesting.
From contributor O:
I made some curly maple trivets about 15 years ago, and just put a homemade oil and varnish finish on them and they still look great. They have never scorched because our pans have never been that hot, but they have protected our table which has Behlen's Rockhard Varnish on it.
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