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Project by TZH posted 07-11-2011 05:19 AM 1319 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A huge “THANK YOU” to Rocky Blue for this one. He rode his Harley to my shop and showed me how to apply epoxy by coating the slab of juniper in the photos (I’ve always been a little intimidated to even try my hand at this process – now I’m much more confident). We decided to add a little turquoise in the center to try to make it pop a little. The results were great. The photos don’t really do it justice, but my uncle from Florida really appreciated receiving it as a gift he’ll take home with him and hang on one of his walls there. Again, thank you to Rocky Blue. I owe you one.

Thanks for looking.
TZH

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Razorbak91313

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 09:45 PM

That has a great look to it! Was the epoxy just poured on or did you use a brush or something to actually apply and spread it?

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TZH

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 10:40 PM

Thanks Razorbak91313. It was a combination of pouring and brushing – mostly pouring on top and then brushing on the sides. Then it was staying with it and running some heat (propane torch) over it as bubbles formed. It was amazing to me to watch the bubbles pop as the heat hit them. Anyway, the self leveling feature really worked quite well, and there were only a couple of brush strokes required on the flat surface. Hope that helps.

TZH

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 03:32 AM

This is what I want to do with some mesquite. What kind [brand] of epoxy did you use?

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TZH

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 03:39 AM

gfadvm,

RockyBlue gave me the ebay website he gets his epoxy from (the link is on my original forum post asking for advice on epoxy finishing):

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/28161

He brought some to my shop and was kind enough to use some of it for this project. The ebay site is pretty intimidating with all the information they provide, but the bottom line is it’s pretty easy to use based on what I saw Rocky Blue do with it. Plus, it seems to be relatively inexpensive compared to other brands I’ve seen. I believe your mesquite will turn out absolutely beautiful if you use this stuff. The ebay link is:

.http://cgi.ebay.com/EPOXY-RESIN-HIGH-PERFORMANCE-VERSION-MAX-CLR-24-OZ-/310187764669?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4838a1abbd

Hope this helps, and good luck.

TZH

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-12-2011 04:47 AM

Thanks for the link TZH. Will a heat gun work to pop the bubble? My son in law has my torch borrowed [for the last 2 years!]

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

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#6 posted 07-12-2011 06:16 PM

I use a cheap harbor freight heat gun set on low to pop the bubbles. The propane torch we used Saturday worked just as good, if not better. I think I may try to inlay a quartz leaf into something if I can find one.

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TZH

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#7 posted 07-13-2011 01:21 AM

RockyBlue,

The quartz leaf I showed you is one of a few I currently have. If you’d like one, I can sure try to get it to you (the least I can do). Let me know. Also, the guy I mentioned in Pine Junction might still have some. If I get over there, I’ll try to remember to ask him about them.

TZH

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