Making a small desk for my wife
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26 November 2014 at 2:44 am #121457
Couldn’t I just for and a clear epoxy and finish first then apply the epoxy over that?
Seattle, WA26 November 2014 at 2:45 am #121458
Oops, I mean get a clear epoxy
Seattle, WA26 November 2014 at 4:37 am #121463
It took 6 hours to do the one board. It probably would have been easier to resaw it rather than hand plane 3/4″ off…
I ended up cheating a bit and took the other one to a shop and had them plane it down to size. I just didn’t have the time to dress it. 🙁
I finished it off with a smoothing plane.
Seattle, WA26 November 2014 at 6:11 am #121465
Here is a picture to give you an idea of how much I had to plane off.
Seattle, WA26 November 2014 at 6:30 am #121467
You can put poly or any thing on it. There is a min wax product called wood hard er. I use it on turnings it will harden the top its clear and you can put any finish on it
Use it lightly to much levels a tacky finish.
That is nice looking wood should look good
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.26 November 2014 at 7:40 pm #121501
Regarding the crack, I know some people inset a “bow-tie” shaped piece of wood across the crack with the narrowest part of the bow-tie at the crack location. Typically about 1/4″ thick and glued into a recess of the same shape. There’s a name for this that’s not coming to me. Your wood sounds pretty dry and stable, so there may be no need for this.
I agree that filling the knot and crack is a good option. If you don’t, then they will always fill with dirt and snag shirt sleeves, etc. You’ll be able to finish over the epoxy with most finishes. Poly is a great choice for a desk.
Good luck and make sure to post pics of the finished product.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/29 November 2014 at 1:51 am #121601
Here it is. I need to apply a coat of furniture polish, yet. My wife wanted it to be rustic and a bit rough, so that is why you can see the plane marks in it still.
She loves it, so I would call it a success.
Seattle, WA29 November 2014 at 3:35 am #121607
A little bit of superglue on the small tight knots. On the 3 large ones, and a few that were loose, I used an epoxy.
Seattle, WA29 November 2014 at 12:33 pm #121614
That looks great simple clean lines. You did a great job. With most of you tools packed away.
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.
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