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Forum topic by TimHopson posted 01-14-2018 08:09 PM 213 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2018 08:09 PM

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So my in laws gave me an awesome, natural edge cedar board. I’ve cut and sanded it to make 2 floating shelves. I’ve sanded them down to 320 grit and applied 1 coat of BLO and I LOVE the color and look of them. My problem now, it how to accomplish the final finish. What I’m looking for is the hard, clear finish that you see on restaurant tables and bars. And my questions and concerns are the following:
Is a hard epoxy resin (the kind I see getting mixed and poured) the way to go?

If so, the forums in here teach that I will need a coat of shellac between my BLO and the resin…

which leads to my concern…I don’t want the wood to get much darker…will the shellac darken it any further?

And about that thick clear coat…can it be sanded if it gets scratched? Or will I need to strip and reapply?

Finally, given that the resin is clear, would I have been better served to have just sanded and gone straight to resin from the beginning?

-- Converting quality wood into kindling since 2014!

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 10:35 PM

That’s beautiful wood. I can’t imagine a clear shellac, like Bulls Eye SealCoat, darkening that any further. Anything’s possible though. Just to play it safe, is there an area you can test it on? Say, the underside of a shelf.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 01-15-2018 12:21 AM

Yes there is. I’ll sand and oil a patch on the bottom to test out the BLO/shellac combo. In fact, I should do another patch and go straight to epoxy resin just to see if I could have skipped the BLO altogether.

-- Converting quality wood into kindling since 2014!

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