Test Run For The Bar Top Finish

 

I wanted to use a poured on epoxy finish for the Amazing Grace Counters, but had never worked with any such product. Therefore a test was in order.

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And what better to use than one of the many projects that languish ‘out in the hall’. I had shlepped this slice of maple all the way from Maine back in 2013, I think. Too pretty a piece for the burn pile. After milling it roughly flat on a wood mixer bandsaw mill  in Vermont, it was now ready for the 12” handheld planer.

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This left a few grooves which took a belt sander and palm sander an many hours to remove. Sanding maple end grain is for the patient among us.

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Hours later the beauty is already showing.

The check is evidence that the slice is dry.

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I chose a piece of Purpleheart, which was given to me by a boat builder in the Hudson valley in New York. He had cutoffs from repairs made to Pete Seger’s Clearwater. Thanks Jim.

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I was not patient enough to make it fit perfectly, but I already had plans to use black epoxy to fill the many tiny checks throughout.

This makes for an even surface for the finish and the black creates a great contrast.

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It also creates a great deal of scraping and sanding work, until I figured out that one can wipe off the excess with a wet cloth if one acts fast.

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All the trouble is worth it tough.

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Finally I can use it as a test piece.

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Mixing the seal coat as per instructions and with a timer.

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Pour, fight the bubbles and wait & hope.

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Looks great and is surprisingly simple.

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Then the thicker flood coat that creates the 1/8” thick layer of plastic.

 


 

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And while we’re at it, let’s get in another one of those projects that have waited over a year out in the hall: A purple heart handle for the 2″ chisel.




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