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Project by SASmith posted 03-04-2011 01:16 AM 9398 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an epoxy bar top I just finished. Inspired by David Mitchell .

Made using a technique similar to the one explained here:

Woods include red oak, Kentucky coffee tree, cherry, spalted birch, and sassafras bar rails.

My first time using pour on epoxy. I used one thin coat to seal the wood. Then a flood coat 1/8” thick.
Also my first attempt at a bar rail.

Size: 36” wide 78” long

Pic 6 shows the prototype, a coffee table top 4.5’ long

I did not get to install the top so I don’t have any pics of it in place.


-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 01:20 AM

very nice work this bar came out great was it easy to use the pour on epoxy? I have some and wanted to use it on a box but i’m worried it’s gonna run down the sides and make it look funny.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 01:20 AM

Great job. I like the sense of flow/movement in the top.

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 01:21 AM

Looks complete to me, completely outstanding. Very nice work on grain selection and placement.

-- Mel,

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 01:23 AM

looks like you got it right to me scott

glad it worked out
it looks good

the seal first is essential
the first time i poured epoxy
i didn’t do that
had to sand forever
to get rid of the bubbles

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 02:22 AM

Its a gem, like its teacher…nice work it turn out super…BC

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 06:25 PM

Thanks for all the comments.

David it means a lot to see you say I got it right.

bigike, I dont know about a box top without a lip. Here are the instructions on the epoxy I used. Toward the bottom are some instructions on “Damming The Edges”:


-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 09:59 PM


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#8 posted 03-16-2011 01:46 AM

Looks very nice. I am working on making my own bar top and have purchased the epoxy for finish. I’m a little nervous and want to make sure I do it right. Epoxy isn’t cheap.

The wood design on this is awesome! Congrats on an awesome finished product. Just hope mine turns out half as nice!

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#9 posted 03-16-2011 02:19 AM

Hey Jras thanks for the comments.
It was not too bad to pour the epoxy.
The thought of messing it up is a real downer.
I just followed the directions for mixing(around 8 minutes).
If you do a good seal coat you should not get many bubbles on your flood coat. The few bubbles you get can be popped with a torch. I had to pop bubbles for about 30 minutes with the torch.
Good luck

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#10 posted 07-24-2011 07:32 PM

That’s got real depth. I’m reminded of sand dunes. Lovely piece.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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