When can I finish the bottom of a giant slab?

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Forum topic by Rich Simon posted 08-10-2016 11:27 AM 681 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rich Simon

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08-10-2016 11:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finish poly question sapele

Working on a garden bench whose sapele top is 20” wide, 4’ long and nearly 2” thick. It’s heavy.

I put the final coat of Epifanes on top and it looks great. But now I need to deal with the underside and I’m afraid of turning it over to do the work. I have trouble trusting the Rocker bench cookies and particularly the pointed pyramids with something that heavy since they might leave marks (and did when I turned it over during some tests).

I could lay it flat on the table instead, but when can I be sure that I won’t interfere with the top? Is it really a month before the poly is really cured?

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 12:03 PM

If you’re that scared, wait another day with a fan on it, then flip it over with a blanket on it. It can be dry for practical purposes even if its still curing.

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#2 posted 08-10-2016 12:08 PM

I always finish the bottom first because I’m paranoid about thus as well. I agree with the blanket trick. Have used it before. Use one you don’t care about because it is bound to get drips of finish on it.


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#3 posted 08-10-2016 01:54 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’m mostly gun-shy because the indentations these pyramids left earlier since the top is so heavy. Then after another piece was finished I used the rubber pads themselves but they left a crosshatch pattern in the finish.

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