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Project by Monte Pittman posted 04-26-2014 01:14 PM 1385 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made of Beetle Kill Pine. It’s 74” long and 38” wide. It’s 1-1/2” thick. Ordered by a customer to sit on a kitchen island that they already have. I have a love – hate relationship with epoxy. Love the results, but hate the process getting there.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 04-26-2014 01:18 PM

great looking project… super color.

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#2 posted 04-26-2014 01:22 PM

is it because of the mess it makes, ive never used it so far, but the ones ive seen use it it looked pretty easy to apply, it is suppose to be self leveling and then it does as i see in this picture, drips , how do you make sure the edges are good, do you brush it …

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#3 posted 04-26-2014 01:33 PM

grizzman, best way is to cut the drips off the bottom before the finish hardens completely. If not, sand them off after the finish cures. Too nice a finish to worry about little inconveniences or extra work. I pour the finish on and move it around with something like a playing card. Work all the excess to one spot and let it run off. Brushes leave marks and frequently brush hairs.

Monte, another spectacular job with some very special wood. I wish you’d take some time to mill extra for us that don’t have access to BKP trees, please.

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#4 posted 04-26-2014 01:35 PM

Nice work !....another question if you don’t mind…..How did you account for expansion/contraction for the panel in the mitered frame?

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 04-26-2014 01:42 PM

Funny you mention that kdc68. I built a table just like this out of pin oak. Clearly I didn’t allow the wood to,dry enough, because the panel on the inside shrunk an amazing amount. I could see it happening as the long sides started bowing in. One day there was a loud bang, the house shook and everything on the table fell over. One of the glue joints had failed. I still use the table. It has stabilized, but it is a little uneven. I’m thinking of pouring on a finish like this to smooth it out. I’m not trying to scare you Monte. You know more about drying wood than I and I’ve heard pin oak is known for being hard to dry.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#6 posted 04-26-2014 01:52 PM

Ohhhh…. ahhhh…. Awesome!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 04-26-2014 02:02 PM

Looks great Monte, nice work.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#8 posted 04-26-2014 02:22 PM

monte it came out great ,love the finish

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#9 posted 04-26-2014 02:56 PM

It looks top notch for something you care not to do. Maybe you can make us Lj’s some workbench tops.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#10 posted 04-26-2014 03:15 PM

I don’t know about anyone else, but part of the issue with epoxy from my perspective is that you have to stay “with it” for quite awhile making sure all the bubbles are gone. With other finishes, you can apply them and pretty much walk away until they’re cured. I also found that with epoxy putting some kind of cover over it helps with any dust that might settle. A sheet of plywood, for example, works very well with as little space between the piece and the plywood as possible.

Monte, once again, you’ve outdone yourself. This is a great looking piece the clients will enjoy for as long as they have it. Great job!



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#11 posted 04-26-2014 03:27 PM

Great job Monte.

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#12 posted 04-26-2014 03:32 PM


As I always comment “It’s a Pitman!” Great that people keep asking. :)

My thoughts were similar to kdc68. Did you do a breadboard end with the miter?

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#13 posted 04-26-2014 04:38 PM

looks great Monte, I like that finish alot

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#14 posted 04-26-2014 05:05 PM

That looks great. Great job buddy

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#15 posted 04-26-2014 05:53 PM

Very nice, Monte Thumbs UP

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