Bar top finish on waterfall style table

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Forum topic by camps764 posted 03-15-2014 01:25 PM 1570 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2014 01:25 PM

Good morning Jocks!

Question for the masses. I have been building a waterfall style table for a friend…the kind where the grain wraps 90 degrees down the leg like Elwood89’s table here…

He has requested a bar top epoxy finish for the table. The problem is, I’m not really sure how to apply it to the leg.

The top is easy, pour on, let it level and use a torch to pop any air bubbles…

Should I finish the leg and the top separately? Mask off the Leg and finish the top and then the leg after top has cured?

The big concern getting the finish even at the 90 degree joint. If I finish separately I’m concerned there will be a ridge. Never worked with epoxy as a finish so I’m not sure how easy it is to sand and get it clear again….

Any ideas are appreciated as I’m pretty stumped.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 03-15-2014 02:46 PM

I’ve used the epoxy finish (aka bartop) but never vertically. If this were my project I would probably first have the side piece positioned horizontally, put a thin coat of epoxy finish on it and let it dry. Then I would rotate, finish the top and let it run over the side and get a second coat put on the side. You will need to stay with it for an hour or so and remove the drips off the bottom. This stuff is pretty forgiving and you can always add another coat and touchup if needed.

Edit: Since you haven’t used it before, mix a very small amount and play with some scrap to get the feel for it.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#2 posted 03-15-2014 06:11 PM

That’s what I’d do. Do the top, then after it dries, flip the piece 90 deg and do the side.

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#3 posted 03-16-2014 12:55 PM

Thanks guys I appreciate the insight. I will give it a shot on a smaller scale to see how it behaves.

-- Steve

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