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03-16-2016 05:08 PM

Hi Everybody

I am from South-Africa and used some of our most beautiful woods to make wall cocks. See attached a couple of the wooden wall clocks I have made thus far.

I am now thinking of adding resin to my new clocks, with different colours in it, but I am a novice in adding colour resin to wood. I just know about resin, urethane, polyurethane and polymers that one can use on wood…?

What type of resin/polymers would you advise, that I can add colour to it, to lets say fill in cracks/holes etc?

Your help will be much appreciated.


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#1 posted 03-16-2016 05:18 PM

I wouldn’t do anything. To me those look great. The wood color and grain is awesome. I think it would be a shame to take away from that. If you’re just talking about repairing small imperfections, then I would just go with a clear fast set epoxy. It can be sanded and then top coated with your choice of finish.

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 06:04 PM

Tx ScottM

Much appreciated.

Will experiment with your advice.

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 07:38 PM

These are all very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 07:54 PM

Tx Helluvawreck.

The tools in your link is quite impressive!

I have about only a sander, handsaw, drill and Dremel tool… :)

But I quess we all start from scratch.

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#5 posted 03-16-2016 11:26 PM

i agree with scottm when wood is that nice dont mask it.i use the 5 minute 2 part epoxy for filling voids and cracks all the time,i use tints mixed with it to match the wood im using and sand and finish.i use mostly oil finishes because i want to feel and see the true beauty of the wood.welcome to lumber jocks your gonna find a lot of help here.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 07:22 AM

Thanks Pottz

I only use oil and wax at the end. Not sure if we can mention brand names here…?

Anyhow, like you said, I can see that the majority of people on this forum is highly skilled, very knowledgeable and also very helpful!

Good forum indeed to be on!

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#7 posted 03-17-2016 11:55 AM

We went through a phase in this country where people coated these types of clocks with thick, sometimes tinted coatings. Sometimes the maker would put little things in the coating. Looked awful and the phase never came back.

Saw one for sale in a thrift shop a few days ago, remembered how thick and ugly it looked, and how it hid the wood beauty.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#8 posted 03-17-2016 12:10 PM

Hi Tennessee

I can’t agree more with you.

In my country the Yellow wood – which is protected these days due to scarcity – was even painted white and also “destroyed” with ugly/thick coatings of varnish. It totally killed the beauty of the wood.

I believe one must see and enjoy the wood for what is is, meaning how it looks like with the minimum interference from the human side…

I sanded a Teak coffee table I got as a Xmas present and was blown away when the thick brown varnish it had on, was gone. There is just no comparison between how it looks now and before. My friends now just wants to buy it from me… :)

Will add picture soon.

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#9 posted 03-17-2016 12:27 PM

They look fantastic just the way they are. By the way, how big are these?


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#10 posted 03-17-2016 12:45 PM

Thank you Mahdee

They are about 25cm in diameter and 2 to 3cm thick.

The White Ironwood, Rhodesian Teak and Wild Olive wood are very dense and heavy. The Ironwood and Teak was for one, used as railway sleepers in South-Africa, in the good old days.

The Wild Olive tree does not grow so big and fast in SA, to be used as railway sleepers, but they make fantastic carving ornaments or other types of uses, like knife handles, gun “parts”, etc.

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#11 posted 03-17-2016 01:20 PM

One good thing about the resin is that you can use wood which is beautiful but has an inclusion or other flaw. If you live in the States now, Pieter, our chain of craft stores, Hobby Lobby, has dual dispensers of the epoxy and hardener. They’re only about $4 each. I mix sawdust and charcoal dust. Sorry I don’t have a source for the granular materials for coloring the epoxy.

You can make an inclusion into a highlight rather than throw away an expensive piece of wood.

Your clocks with the crotch wood are very striking.

-- Dale

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#12 posted 03-17-2016 01:41 PM

Hi Dalepage

Thank you for your advice, appreciate.

Ni problem. In the meantime I have discovered a polymer resin that is made in South Africa – called Pratliglo. It cost around R100 or about 5$ in your currency.

Apparently they say it is very good, but still have to try it out myself. It has a slight yellow tint in it, but with some sawdust mixed into it, like you suggest, one can change the colour to suite your wood colour better…

Agree, one can never throw away a good piece of wood, just because it has a tiny flaw somewhere. One must use it to your advantage…

Tx for the compliment.

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#13 posted 03-18-2016 12:25 AM


You may also want to try artist’s oil paint as a coloring agent for two-part epoxy. This can be used to fill cracks and voids to highlight the wood rather than coat the entire thing. Doing this will allow you to use wood you might otherwise pass by.

The benefit of oil paint is that you can mix your own colors to compliment the wood you are using. Just be aware that a small amount of paint goes a very long way in coloring epoxy.

We have a product here in the States called Pearl-ex. It is a pearlescent powder that is mixed into resins for coloring. I have also used this extensively in making pens and other items. You may have something similar available over there.

I really like the clocks you have posted. Welcome to the forum. Hopefully, we will see more of your work soon.

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#14 posted 03-18-2016 01:33 PM

Hi Snowbeast

Thank you for your info. Our craft and hobby shop told me that I should rather use powder instead of liquids, because certain liquids may clash with the epoxy/resin, like you also advised me to do. Thus looks like powder is the way to go with colouring…

Thanks for the compliment and welcome, will show some of my other wood projects on another topic.

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#15 posted 03-18-2016 03:51 PM

I think you should burn in or paint your own numbers. big clocks are all the rave around the parts. and I second pauls comments about the finish!

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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