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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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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 365 days ago

Burn the RR ties.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 365 days ago

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. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 365 days ago

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 364 days ago

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 364 days ago

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 364 days ago

+1 what Monte said.

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#7 posted 364 days ago

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 364 days ago

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 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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