I picked up two cast iron skillets with wooden trivets from a thrift store. One of the wooden trivets is slightly warped, so that it doesnt lay perfectly flat and wobbles side to side a little. Its not much, but it bothers me enough to look for a possible solution.
One solution I found that seemed doable is to use a clothing iron on the wood to add heat and steam on the concave side to warp the wood back in the other direction. Does this method work? Or perhaps there is a better way.
The trivets are coated in some sort of finish. Im sure I would have to remove it in order for the steam to get into the wood. Im not sure what it is, but I would assume I could use a paint & varnish stripper to remove it. However, once I do strip it, I assume I should reseal it. What finish would I use to reseal the wood that would be safe for very hot cast iron skillets?