I’ve heard of people using epoxy as a finish for bar tops and table tops. Has anyone here tried it? What are some of the pros and cons of epoxy?
A friend showed me a link where a guy mixed glow-in-the-dark powder with epoxy and used it to fill in the voids on a pecky cypress tabletop. The effect was striking! I don’t currently have the resources to do something that big, but it got my mind wondering what else could be done with something like that. I’ve already got some ideas, but wanted to do some research on using epoxy as a finish first.
I think the use as a finish has been going on for some time, especially on bar tops and restaurant table tops. The process is rather involved and time consuming. I am interested in using the resin as a crack filling product. I’d like to hear if anyone has tried that glow pigment technique you mention. I’m also interested in what kinds of finishes can be used over top of the resin once it hardens.
Best of luck!
Bill – Here’s the link for the Glow Table. It does look really neat. My brother had another great idea to put a series of LED lights underneath the table instead of the glow powder to make it glow. Definitely going to try that one in the future 🙂
I like the idea of building LED lights into a project and covering with clear epoxy, I wonder how thick the epoxy would have to be to still be able to see the light. I am thinking the LED lights that run off a couple of AA batteries.
From just the little bit of research on LED’s that I’ve done, there seems to be any number of ways to use them. As far as how think the epoxy should be, I don’t think it really matters, as long as it’s clear. Those LED’s burn pretty bright, but don’t give off much heat from what I understand so melting or burning shouldn’t be a problem, but then, I’m no electrician… 😛
I use super bright LED’s in my instrument repair work and they they do get quite hot if left on for a while. They also burn out after a while like any other light, so you’d want to inlay them in a way that’s removeable and replaceable.