I'm making some trivets (beech, oak) as christmass gifts and I'm not sure what finish to use - I'm not really too much concerned about trivet's finish damage - I'm more concerned about finish leaving some residue on hot pots - that would be pretty bad gift.
Trivets are made of beech and oak (probably red oak? - I'm in europe).
What I want from the finish:
- to be reasonably durable
- to withstant boiling water temperature i.e. 100 C (212 F) without leaving any stains on pots
- I don't care about gloss/satin/whatever - those trivets should be more tools than decoration
My most used finishes for small items are:
- boiled linseed oil + wax
- boiled linseed oil + shellac
- oil based polyurethane (this is what I think would be best)
I'm pretty sure wax is out of question - what about shellac or poly? Will they melt?
Also feel free to suggest other finishes you'd think would work.
(I know I can make test boards, and I may end up doing so anyway, but I want to know what you would use)
Edit - what about epoxy?