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Tony1212

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77 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: ink lacquer finishes

During our lunch hour, my co-workers and I like to play the game Go. It’s an ancient Asian strategy game where two players place black or white stones on a board to “own” some territory. The person with the most territory at the end of the game wins.

The board is basically a grid. The stones get placed on the intersections of the lines. Here's a picture of a go board with some stones on it. The boards can be any size, but commonly are either 9×9, 13×13, or 19×19.

Online, the boards can go from very cheap to very expensive and you tend to get what you pay for. We all have nice ones at home, but we keep the cheap ones at work to play on there in case they go missing. The cheap boards are made out of thin wood and all of them have warped. So when we put the board on a table, it rocks and moves all the stones around.

I tried to make one board with a 9×9 on one side and a 13×13 on the other, but when I put the finish on, the ink bled making the lines all blurry. I used a scrap piece of BB ply from another project for the board, figuring that it would be fairly stable and not warp. I put a couple of coats of Minwax Spray Lacquer then I drew the lines with a thin Sharpie marker, then another coat of lacquer to protect the ink from wearing off.

Should I have used a water based poly instead? It took me a long time to get the grid laid out and drawn correctly. I was rather upset that the ink ran like that when I put that last coat of lacquer on it.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs


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#1 posted 77 days ago

Sharpie won’t bleed under polycrylic

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#2 posted 77 days ago

Try using a permanent marker on a piece of scrap and see if you like the result.

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mrjinx007

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#3 posted 77 days ago

It works better if you spray the board first. let it dry, do your drawings and then give it a final spray.

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#4 posted 77 days ago

If you’re looking for a short-usage, utility-type board that could be easily replaced from time to time, how about getting a piece of MDF and spray painting one side or even getting a scrap piece of countertop with Formica and, using the table saw, cut very shallow grooves, for your lines, just enough to remove the paint or covering?

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#5 posted 77 days ago

So polycrylic is water based. I’ll give that a shot on a scrap piece first.

I thought about doing lines, but my table saw is circa 1955 (inherited from my grandfather – the original owner) and the fence is original. It takes a long time to get parallel to the blade. Having to move it over for each cut would be much more work than just drawing them on.

Maybe once I get a new fence for my saw later this year. But for now I just need to cover ink with a clear coating without it running.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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