Child proof finish...maybe.

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Project by Andy posted 03-01-2016 02:53 AM 1056 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the coffee table i made for my home. Its made with birdseye maple, bolivian rosewood and hickory, and i got two boys, a 3 year old and a 2 year old. They are rough on furniture in a “I cant believe you actually broke that” kinda way and i dont want them destroying this nice wood. Well after i finished this birdseye maple and rosewood top with polyurethane it got a couple dings and i could see where things were headed.

I wound up putting bartop epoxy on the top. That type of finish is ok but i prefer a polyurethane finish but this epoxy should hold up to alot of abuse and later on when the kids grow up some i will take this finish off and put poly on. You can actually use a hand plane on this stuff pretty well so a nice sharp jack plane is probably how i will remove the epoxy. If anybody has a better suggestion for removing epoxy finish i would like to hear them. Thanks for viewing, Andy.

-- Andy Smith

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#1 posted 03-01-2016 10:42 AM

nice table Andy, child proofing can be a tedious task but you still have a great looking coffee table. Not too sure that taking the finish off is the answer, perhaps a stout sanding and then a few coats of poly ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 03-02-2016 12:46 AM

And those boys look soooo innocent. Nice job on the table and the finish looks flawless (now).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 08:43 PM

Child Proof , Are you Crazy , there is no such thing in this World. But I think I see a little of that ” I didn’t do it Dad” look on at least one of those faces.

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#4 posted 05-10-2016 11:58 AM

Nice table, Andy. Can you remove the top and send it through a drum sander? That would remove the finish but probably load up the paper pretty good. I’d worry about using a plane that might nick the wood.

cheers, Jim

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#5 posted 05-10-2016 12:08 PM

Ill use a handplane Jim actually a jack plane and go cross grain then sand with the grain. Drum sander is a good idea but the top is 32” square, that would be one massive drum sander.

-- Andy Smith

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#6 posted 05-10-2016 01:41 PM

Table looks good Andy. You might just like it well enough to keep the epoxy on it after you see how well it holds up.

And Kid Proof? I’m thinking those boys are looking at you like ”Bring it, Dad! We accept your challenge!”

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