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Forum topic by aj0503 posted 12-17-2014 04:07 PM 668 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2014 04:07 PM

I’m trying to make a table top for dice and card games. I have two questions if anybody can help.
1. I want to glue some playing cards on the tabletop, will gorilla glue work and dry clear?
2. Can I get a poly urethane to dry clear or would some kind of acrylic finish be better? Thanks AJ

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 04:23 PM

When I was in college we made one. We built the top from plywood (painted black) and trimmed it out so that the edging was about 1/8”-1/4” above the table surface (don’t know, it’s been 12 years). We put playing cards down on the black plywood top, them poured in a clear epoxy. The top was tough as nails (it stood up to at least 3 years of abuse in a frat house game room, I don’t know if it’s still there). I would avoid using oil-based polyurethane because it will yellow and your white cards will, well, not look white anymore.

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 05:16 PM

The epoxy is probably the best. Another option is Target Coatings waterborne EM9000. It is water clear and does not yellow with age

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