Barnwood Countertops #13: Filling Holes, Making a Mess, Using Epoxy

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Blog entry by spunwood posted 02-04-2012 09:33 PM 14479 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This part of the blog should really be between the backsplash entry and the arm-r-seal

This is the transition I have dreaded.

All the pieces have been cut and shaped and glued and prepped. Now begins the finishing process!

These countertops need to be pretty waterproof, but I want to retain the knots, and worm holes. Thus I opted for 24 ounces of Clear Coat from System Three.

But that stuff is a bit expensive, so I first filled the holes on the underside with wood putty. This also helped the epoxy not leak through the wood. I cannot believe how viscous the epoxy was and also how thirsty the old oak was. It tried to leak through any way it could.

For some of the really tough spots to plug and large holes, I first used some 5 five minute epoxy. I ended up doing some quick pours that bubbled up, but otherwise had some awesome results.

The biggest pain was sanding it all down smooth after so I could give it the final finish of arm-r-seal.

The reason I had to cover so much of the wood is because I wasn’t just filling knot holes but all the little nail holes, worm holes, ect.

Enjoy the mess! The last few pictures are of the start of the clean up.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 02-06-2012 12:58 AM

Hey Brandon! Your tops look fantastic! Finally had a chance to go through your blogs. You’ve been busy.
From the looks of things you covered all the bases. As for waxing the the top, my opinion is don’t do it. If you ever want to refresh your finish (and around your sink and stove you will have to) any wax will prevent a simple scuff and recoat of the Arm-R-Seal. You would have to strip all the wax off an that would be tough with the porosity of oak. You found how thirsty oak can be with your epoxy fill. I assume it is red oak not white.
Great job.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 03:06 AM

Thanks Gary. It is a mixture of red and white…mainly red. That sounds good about the wax. I love how it all came out. No small thanks to your advice. Thanks again. Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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