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Forum topic by duckyone posted 01-05-2017 04:27 AM 860 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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duckyone

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01-05-2017 04:27 AM

I am working on a dining table based around a reclaimed/repurposed chevron panel, and need to fill gaps (max 1/4”) between the pieces. One option that had been brought up to me was to use epoxy since it would fill and create a nice smooth finish, but I didn’t realize the cure time was so long. Additionally the temperatures are cold out in my garage right now, so I’m thinking of other options. I found a product that seems to be a good way to fill the spaces I need:

Only problem is, it is white… I know that you can dye wood putty using acrylic pigments found at any craft store. Can I do the same with the spackling?

Since the pieces that make up the panel design are all relatively even thickness, I have decided to go the rustic route and leave them at the surface with just a poly finish over to seal. The thread I posted on the table design can be located here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/194114


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#1 posted 01-05-2017 04:37 AM

I would test it out on similar wood and see how it does.

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jerryminer

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#2 posted 01-05-2017 07:38 AM

Yes, you can add pigment to spackle.

But I would not use that as a filler on a dining table. It is soft, and stays soft.

You can buy epoxy formulated for cold weather

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#3 posted 01-05-2017 07:51 AM

West System epoxy can be used down to around 40F. Others brands have similar hardeners for low temp. Bringing it inside to a heated room would be the best bet though… there are no fumes, so it’s not like polyester resin where you get that wonderful smell throughout the house :)

Cheers,
Brad

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duckyone

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#4 posted 01-05-2017 03:00 PM


West System epoxy can be used down to around 40F. Others brands have similar hardeners for low temp. Bringing it inside to a heated room would be the best bet though… there are no fumes, so it s not like polyester resin where you get that wonderful smell throughout the house :)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

How long is the cure time?

Edit, nvm I just checked the link. Maybe I will fill the gaps with spackle and do the sealant coat with the epoxy – then I won’t need the epoxy to fill the 3/4 deep gaps and I can cut down on the time it will be tacky. I need it to be good to go by the 14th.

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McFly

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#5 posted 01-05-2017 03:09 PM

X2 on the west systems epoxy. We use it all the time in our shop for high end projects.

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