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03-01-2015 03:32 AM

Hello all. I have a super nice piece of 2.75 inch thick by 132 inches long by about 15 inches wide with the bark on. It is quite stunning and is already planed and ready for finishing. I was wondering the best way to finish it. I was thinking of sanding it to 120 and then just applying a two part epoxy.

What suggestions would you recommend on how to finish? Do I need anything under the epoxy? How many coats of epoxy? Do I sand between coats and if so should I use 0000 steel wool? I read about using brass nails and epoxy to hold bark on to wood.

I was considering selling it finished and advertise as maybe a mantle or shelf or bar top. I paid 240 for the piece delivered.


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#1 posted 03-01-2015 03:33 AM

Should mention within the body of my post that it is black walnut.

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#2 posted 03-01-2015 04:05 AM

I hope you payed in pesos. A picture would really help.

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#3 posted 03-01-2015 04:08 AM

Haha. That also included him kiln drying it, delivery to my shop over 50 km and planing it both sides as it is too wide for my planer. That is up here in Ontario and not a lot of available black walnut in my area at the time. I don’t have a picture right on my phone right now.

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#4 posted 03-01-2015 04:10 AM

Black walnut looks good finished with poly or lacquer.

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#5 posted 03-01-2015 04:18 AM

I have read that as well. Which is more difficult to apply? Epoxy or poly? I know epoxy needs to be heated to pop the co2 bubbles not long after applying and that it will likely need more then one coat. I have yet to experience applying epoxy on wood. So it would be my first time.

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#6 posted 03-01-2015 04:24 AM

Epoxy will make it look like it has been dipped in plastic. Poly and or lacquer will maintain the integrity of the wood grain. I suppose it all depends on what kind of outcome you are looking for. Both poly and lacquer, especially lacquer is fairly easy to apply.

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#7 posted 03-01-2015 04:31 AM

Cool. Thanks. I guess epoxy would be more appropriate for a bar top then a mantel or shelf. It is likely not deep enough for a bar top at all 15 inches deep. Likely best suited for a fireplace mantel and turn finish it with a poly. If I go poly does it need anything as a base coat or just hit it with a few coats with sanding between coats and a sealer?

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#8 posted 03-01-2015 03:04 PM

I’ve never put anything under it, but a lot of folk do. I have read professional like Charles Neil use Arm-R-seal. You can ask him. I normally apply the first two coats with foam brush (for poly). First coat is pretty heavy without causing drips or runs. Second one the same. Wait about 3-4 days (a lot of times, I wait a week or 2), wet sand with 320 to get a uniform, smooth surface. Rub on works good if you can put it on fast enough. A lot of people have their own voodoo magic method of finishing that works best for them.. Just have to find one that works for you. This wood being 132” can be cut in half and made into 30” wide table??

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#9 posted 03-02-2015 01:19 AM

Getting the bark to stay on without encasing it in epoxy is pretty unlikely. I would remove the bark and leave the live edge. Spar urethane looks really nice on walnut as it will pop the grain like crazy.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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