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My wife has come home with her latest garage sale finds. They are a set of cast iron oval shaped fry pans with matching wooden serving platters. For non-Texans the idea is to serve your meal smoking hot from the oven in the fry pan. The pan in brought to the table on the wooden serving platter. You have to be darned careful not to burn your self eating directly from the frying pan.

This part of Texan folk lore not withstanding, my question follows.

I wish to strip, sand and refinish the wooden serving platters. Can anyone suggest a finish that will stand up the hot fry pan?

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They may be better off with no finish at all. Certainly not any of the varnishes or urethanes, they are basically liquid plastics. Maybe some oils might work but if the pan is hot enough it might make the oil finish smoke and that wouldn't do much for your appetite.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Hi all --

My wife has come home with her latest garage sale finds. They are a set of cast iron oval shaped fry pans with matching wooden serving platters. For non-Texans the idea is to serve your meal smoking hot from the oven in the fry pan. The pan in brought to the table on the wooden serving platter. You have to be darned careful not to burn your self eating directly from the frying pan.

This part of Texan folk lore not withstanding, my question follows.

I wish to strip, sand and refinish the wooden serving platters. Can anyone suggest a finish that will stand up the hot fry pan?

Ben


The only thing I can think of would be stove paint, like Henry Ford said; it only comes in black.....as far as I know. I use it on the steel flue for my wood furnace.

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Exhaust manifold paint comes in various colors, and they're rated at something over 1,000 degrees as I recall. Any auto parts store would have them. I'd try them on scrap first.

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Do yourself a favor and either go with bare wood as suggested or use walnut oil. The pan should be cast iron ( for authenticity) and you may wish to route a slight indention to keep a hot pan from sliding. Being forced to move to Texas myself I understand your concerns, but remember that Texas is not a state but a separate country that never grew-up. I did it to be close to my grand-daughter so the eccentricities even out.

PS - you can always glue ceramic to it
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Don't use Cherry Wood - it burns quite easily! Cedars & Pines would likely have the same problem. The [above] recommended ceramic is, in my opinion; an excellent suggestion!

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I think with these kind of boards, you just have to deal with the resting area getting a bit scorched. I think a light oiling would be best. It'll get burnt in, but wont get too messy or stick to the pan in the process. Maybe oil it, let it cure for a few days and then stick the hot pan on it a few times before you're cooking with it, in case it does smoke or smell bad as the oil burns off.
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Thank you all (that's Y'all) for your responses and good ideas.

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Ben; how about routing out some grooves and inserting brass or aluminum square stock, sicking proud by maybe a 1/16" +
Maybe 1/4" maximum, spaced about an 1" part, length determined by the size of the serving board.
That'll keep the heat away from the wood.
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Good idea!!

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