Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Central Florida
welcome to the forum, James.
what part of the world are you in ?
my wife is Chinese and she often makes her special blend of tea
in one of those little pots that when the herbs expand, the liquid
does overflow and makes a mess. so I fully understand your project.
as for the occasional wetting issue, any kind of hard film finish
will work. it does not have to be a food safe finish as nobody drinks
the spilled tea - it is discarded and the tray will be rinsed clean and dried.
I would stay away from water based finishes and go with an oil based
oil like Pure Tung Oil (not Homer Formby's) or a walnut oil, etc.
then when needed, apply a renewing coat, like you would with a cutting board.
please come back and share your journey with us.
it is very rare we get to see a specialized project like this.
there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks.
Last edited by John Smith_inFL; 01-21-2020 at 02:00 PM.