Nakashima Inspired Coffee Table #2: Epoxy Fill and Cleanup

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Blog entry by PittsburghTim posted 08-17-2012 07:31 PM 12843 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After cleaning the bark, the next task at hand was to fill the large crack in the top and the slab for the legs with epoxy, I used blue masking tape to cover the openings on the underside and the sides of both pices of walnut and placed them both over plastic/paper drop cloths from the depot. Their cheap and protect my benches and floor.

I used System 3 mirror coat two-part epoxy, mixed according to the instructions using some cheap plastic mixing cups from an autobody supply house. I poured the epoxy into the voids and cracks, waited for five minutes, used a propane torch to remove the bubbles, and repeated as necessary. Some areas required more applications as it took a while for the epoxy to displace the air trapped in the voids.

In hind site, I would use a quick set epoxy two essentially build dams around the areas needing to be filled as this would have saved a lot of the System 3 product from spreading over areas surrounding the cracks and voids. This would save a good bit of the product and a lot of sanding.

The pics below show before the fill, after, and after sanding and trimming the top to final size. I waited to trim it until after the epoxy was complete as it stabilized things and kept any splintering when the cut was made.

Thanks for looking,


-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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