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Mike26

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07-11-2014 01:07 PM

I am building a shuffleboard table can anyone help me out on pouring epoxy is it hard to do and is there anything I should be aware of


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BinghamtonEd

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 01:31 PM

How thick are you pouring it? In college, we made a card table top with a 2-part epoxy coating (had some playing cards under the epoxy), if I recall correctly it was maybe 1/8”-1/4” thick epoxy top. One thing we had to do was use a small torch (the small kind you see them using for torching creme brulee) to heat the epoxy after pouring it to get some of the bubbles to come to the top. We didn’t let the flame touch the epoxy, though. You may be able to use a hair dryer if you see bubbles. If you mix more carefully than a group of 20-year old fraternity guys, you might not see bubbles.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 01:34 PM

I have found this video most useful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVKL77iZaTA&list=PLiym0ELd2cuuxHR8xFnJxBNz9vEB30iUP

-- Ken from Ontario

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#3 posted 07-11-2014 01:41 PM

I did a bar top over a few thousand bottle caps, it wasn’t too complicated, but it does help to do it with a mild temperature so it doesn’t begin setting too quickly and can flow properly. I had saw horses set up at each end about and inch above the finished top to cover it with plywood so dust would be less likely to settle into the setting epoxy. Beyond that advise, stir it slowly and pour it on as evenly as possible. Small bubbles that can’t pop on their own can be removed by quickly passing the flame from a propane plumbers torch over them shortly after the epoxy has been poured on (this won’t work after the epoxy has begun to set).

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#4 posted 07-11-2014 02:07 PM

It’s actually easier than it looks. You do need a heat source to help get the bubbles out. Also, you should prefinish the raised sides which will then trap the epoxy and allow you to pour to a predetermined thickness. I wouldn’t suggest that you attempt this process on your table first. Do a smaller scrap to practice technique and figure out the problems.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#5 posted 07-11-2014 02:33 PM

I made some large lap desks and used it. It wasn’t difficult. You have a window to get the bubbles out and everything flat. I did mix some wrong once and it was setting up before I could get all of it out of my mixing pot. My project was a mess. I let it sit and then the next day I sanded it down and added more over the top and you couldn’t tell it. I had some things under it that I didn’t really want to lose so I tried this and it worked. Mix it exactly like the instructions say and watch your time. I think I had 20 minutes max.

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#6 posted 07-11-2014 06:07 PM

I have done many projects with the two part epoxy resin.

Two things that have improved my results a lot are: Spray Shellac over your raw wood before pouring on the resin. This seals the wood and greatly reduces the bubbles that can occur. The instructions tell you to do a flood coat of resin first and then another finish coat. I wonder if the manufactures want to sell more resin.

I don’t go out on a limb often and recommend products but I gotta say this is more than worth your time and money. You notice most people recommend the old method of using a propane torch and while this does work it seems counter intuitive because time and heat are not your friend when mixing and pouring the resin. The bubbles will keep coming for what seems like the time it takes paint to dry and this “Eat a Bubble” product is way easier to use than firing up the propane torch every few minutes and running flames across your project.

If you are making a full size shuffleboard table, this would be a big project and you would want to have your ducks in a row. I would recommend a small project to get your feet wet first. Good luck…..................

-- mike...............

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