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Forum topic by Cousinwill posted 06-20-2015 11:07 PM 970 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2015 11:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: epoxy clear turning voids lathe

I’ve been using the table top clear epoxy that can be purchased from Lowes or Home Depot to fill in voids on some of the bowls I turn. Does anyone else use clear epoxy ? I’m trying to find another brand to use that might be a little thicker when poured. I’ve had problems in the past with the type I used running out. I’ve tried taping the opening on the bottom side of the void but about 50% of the time the stuff still leaks out. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. I’ve attached a picture of one of the bowls I turned using clear epoxy. (This one didn’t leak out

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#1 posted 06-20-2015 11:24 PM

Devcon 30 minute is what I have used in the past to fill voids in projects (haven’t tried it with a bowl but sure it would work based off my experiences). The 30 minute is critical as it doesn’t yellow nearly like the 5 minute. I have tinted it also to fill darker areas in some cherry pieces I did.

It will self level and may hit it with a hair My main use has been on fishing lures for a topcoat but have used in on wood working projects on punky wood, voids, etc.. but usually flat pieces.dryer or hold a light bulb near it to remove any bubbles if you happen to mix them in.

Will need to position the bowl at the proper angle to hold it in but not that hard to do. I took a pillow case and cut a small rectangle out of one of the corners, that way two side already good. I stitched up the other sides and filled with beans or rice. I made mine to help when I decided to try carving a fish.

Might be better alternatives. I have ordered various products for moldings, filling voids, etc from Smooth on.

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#2 posted 06-20-2015 11:56 PM

TravisH thanks for the advise. I’m going to checkout their website!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 11:39 AM

I don’t know any cleat epoxy that will not seep through holes in a bowl. Even two part clear casting resins like pen turners use to cast blanks need a mold. Two favorites are alumilite & Silmar 41 but there are other brands available locally or on the web. That Smooth –on web site sells two part casting resin.

I would sand smooth any seepage with sand paper then wet polish with micromesh before applying final finish.
CA glue & coffee grounds or saw dust might be an easier solution where taping would limit seepage. Some people use crushed stones or metal shavings too!

I used CA/coffee grounds in couple of my turning to fill cracks posted in project page. That lamp has some spalting and a few cracks filled with coffee grounds so no big contrast going on.

-- Bill

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