Inlay card table refurbish #4: All sanded

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Blog entry by peterrum posted 12-09-2015 11:31 PM 1278 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Photo as promised. The sanding has begun. Part 4 of Inlay card table refurbish series Part 5: Teak oil application »

Bit by bit and either with a palm sander or by hand, the table has been sanded to a nice smooth finish. 180 grit was the last grit I used and I felt that is sufficient for this project. I am quite happy with the progress and the way it looks. Now for the next step and looking for a bit of advice. I have researched as much as I can about applying a epoxy bar finish. I think it was on a youtube post that someone prefinished their table with tung oil. I am thinking of doing the same thing prior to applying the epoxy finish. My thought is that this will highlight the wood to a high degree and seal some of the gaps in the inlay prior to the epoxy. Photos of some of the gaps are attached. In no way will I use wood filler for those gaps but any other suggestions would be considered. Should I prefill some of the gaps with small amounts of epoxy prior to the final table pour? Thanks in advance.

-- Carpe Diem

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#1 posted 12-10-2015 02:37 AM

I can’t give much advice. My nephew used a bar top finish and had trouble with bubbles. I would recommend a practice piece before you commit to this project.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-10-2015 04:19 AM

yes, bubbles for sure are a big issue. The one fellas solution to help was the tung oil in order to seal the wood and reduce the number of bubbles. The other solution is to use heat with a blow torch or hair dryer and to keep the surface of the epoxy warm before it sets and this helps to pop the bubbles. I have found lots of examples of this on youtube. I’ll be using a hair dryer.

-- Carpe Diem

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 10:57 PM

I cannot say how this works on inlay, however, using CA glue(or epoxy) and filling the gaps with saw dust can help some, Peter. I’ve used it on chip-out on turned work with good results.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 12-17-2015 01:20 AM

Thanks CFrye, I have used that technique in the past as well, just not sure that it is exactly what I want to try with this but will think about it. You are right though as I have had good results on turned work as well.

-- Carpe Diem

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