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Forum topic by Dracken00 posted 07-24-2013 10:29 PM 1953 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2013 10:29 PM

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I have an outdoor kitchen project that I am planning. I came up with the idea to rip railroad ties in half to create a counter top. I know that the creosote is nasty stuff but I was hoping to pour a layer epoxy over them to level the surface. I think the result would look cool. I am looking for advice on what to use for the epoxy or resin pour-on top. I live in Arizona and the sun here destroys everything. Most of the resin pour-on tops say direct sunlight will cause cracking and yellowing. What would my best bet for a pour-on resin/epoxy be?

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#1 posted 07-24-2013 11:58 PM

Burn the RR ties.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 07-25-2013 12:10 AM

I want to see you rip RR ties. I wouldn’t do it with my sawmill.

I don’t know of any epoxy that will hold up to direct sunlight.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 12:48 AM

RAKA. makes a uv resistant epoxy for boatbuilders that would work but youd still wanna cover it with a few coats of a marine grade uv resistant spar varnish.

-- jesse

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 02:33 AM

Good luck ripping those ties!

And that creosote really wants to ooze out of a fresh cut surface when it gets hot.

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

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#5 posted 07-25-2013 12:48 PM

If you want to pour a top anyways, I’d be looking at making a concrete top in Arid-zona.

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 01:11 PM

+1 what Monte said.

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#7 posted 07-25-2013 01:40 PM

There would be considerable movement in the ties over time. The wood, tag teaming with the sun, would whup the epoxy.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 01:49 PM

I agree with Clint on the ties, except make it a hot fire a long ways from people. If you just like the idea
of the big ties, you could just use timbers and stain the edges with a black die. My opinion of ties is that
they are only good for railroads or berms at a shooting range and gandy dancers do not get paid enough
for working with them.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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