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    My daughter sent my wife an unfinished  30" maple lazy Susan. My wife has been wanting one for along time to use for serving Chinese food. Traditionally in China each person has a bowl and all the different dishes are on a lazy susan. Each person takes a small about from each dish as it passes by on the rotating wheel.

    My question is, how should I finish it? Hot dishes will be set on it, and food dropped on it will have to be cleaned off with a damp rag.

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  • #2
    I wouldn't worry about it too much, the temperatures are not that great and the food will vanish pretty quickly but if you're really worried you could paint a coat of see through resin on it but ageing is all part of the charm.
    Professor Tom


    • Smilin' Bob
      Smilin' Bob commented
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      Hey Tom,

      The this was made in Virginia and here we are in the high desert where the humidity can get really low. I'm not concerned with marks, but I want to protect from drying out. Would tung or teak oil be good for it?



  • #3
    I'd use urethane.


    • #4

      me, I would find a light stain to show off the grain and then multi-coat with urethane, sanding between coats.

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      • #5

        I'd go with Polyurethane...and then CALL OUT for Chinese...then you'll have polystrene to protect the finish. Unless your wife is Asian...Then screw the finish and enjoy her cooking.



        • daddymack
          daddymack commented
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          AlamoJoe wrote:

          Unless your wife is Asian...Then screw the finish and enjoy her cooking.


          I think you got that backwards...