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Project by Fridgecritter posted 09-09-2014 04:10 PM 1848 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table started as an old U.S. Navy tech bench with nasty rotting particle board on it. My wife has been begging for a rustic reclaimed wood table for our back patio for about 6 months now, but as you know, the cobbler’s kids have no shoes.

I used a reciprocating saw to take apart the bench and make it into a table base. The “T” shape was already there, it just needed to be liberated from the rest of the structure. So no welding, which was a lucky break because I don’t have a 220 welder.

I bought a piece of 5/8 plywood from the lumber store and cut it to suit our needs on the back patio, and mounted it to the frame using 3/8 bolts and lock nuts. I recessed the rounded bolt heads into the plywood with a Forstner bit. My uncle has a bunch of cabinet cut oak facing I snagged from him, and that’s what I used for the outside edge to make the edge. The ends are mitered and brad nailed with some wood glue to help.

My wife and daughter painted some of the fence boards you see in the photos, then sanded them to make them look rustic. I ran some of them through the planer (photo) and left them unpainted. Then I picked a design and started cutting 45 degree ends and placing them on the table with brad nails to hold them in place (You don’t need to glue them because the epoxy is going to surround them). I alternated the colors to make it interesting.

Super Glaze was used to pour over the top. If I had it to do over again, I would have put a bead of silicon around the edges of the inside of the table top before putting the boards down to avoid leaks. The wood glue was not enough to keep it liquid tight, and I ended up putting some duct tape underneath when I saw leaks.

I used 2 and a half gallons of Super Glaze in all, and all of the wood is covered. This epoxy is AWESOME. You can use a blow dryer or heat gun to get the bubbles out, and there is plenty of working time to spread the stuff around. Most of the air bubbles come out during the pour, and they disappear really fast when you run the heat gun over them.

My wife and I are really happy with the way it turned out, and I love how it looks wet even after it dries. The table is dry in those photos.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln





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mcoyfrog

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#1 posted 09-09-2014 06:43 PM

Dude thats awesome, so shiny, I have a outdoor table in mind with beer bottle caps that this super glaze would work just right,

thanks for the info and sharing your shinny table

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Fridgecritter

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#2 posted 09-09-2014 06:47 PM

Something to note when doing bottlecaps… make sure you glue them down before pouring this. The air underneath the caps will cause them to raise to the top if you don’t silicon them down. Don’t get ANY silicon on the tops of the caps. This glaze is super repulsed by silicon. It will flow all around the Silicon and leave a spot.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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mcoyfrog

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#3 posted 09-09-2014 07:18 PM

Thanks Fridge, I didn’t know that.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 09-10-2014 03:47 AM

Does epoxy scratch and can you buff it out? Looks great!

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Fridgecritter

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#5 posted 09-10-2014 03:49 AM

This particular epoxy is fine to buff with a really soft brushed car polisher and some plastic polish. It doesn’t scratch very easy, but if you took a fork to it you would leave a good mark. I would say minor blemishes are fine to buff out though.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 09-10-2014 01:13 PM

Beautiful colours!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Thewoodman2000

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#7 posted 09-10-2014 02:01 PM

Sure that’s not water from your hose in pic #1 on that table?

GREAT looking table and thanks for the review of the epoxy. Sounds like good stuff!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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#8 posted 09-10-2014 03:12 PM

This is a most interesting table, beautiful array of colors.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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