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shoutingpickel

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08-14-2020 05:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish table top inlay polyurethane plywood

Ok so my kids have one of those flimsy folding aluminum leg tables from Walmart with the padded top. Well the padded top has been ripped off. The wood underneath is thin particle board. I want to remove that and add just a simple plywood top to the existing frame. To make this a little more kid oriented I want to take some of the pictures that they have colored and put them on the top inside the finish. My question is what is the best way to achieve this and what finishes do you think would work best? Looking for gold here gents. Ready go….......

-- Pickel


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John Smith

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#1 posted 08-14-2020 06:03 PM

there are several bar-top epoxies that would work well
to embed the pictures to the wooden top.
but – any paper items must be sealed first with something like
Elmer’s clear glue. what was used by the kids for the pictures ?
wax based crayons or colored pencils and markers ?
water based sealers such as Elmer’s glue “may not” adhere well
and seal the drawings if wax crayons were used.

strongly recommend practicing on small samples first.
and make the new wood top removable so it can be store away for posterity
when the time comes to retire the table for good.

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#2 posted 08-20-2020 10:02 PM

An alternative to the epoxy that John mentioned might be a sheet of acrylic over the pictures. It would be rather soft and subject to scratching, but would probably last as long as the kids want to use it. Also, it could be easily replaced if needed.

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metolius

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#3 posted 08-20-2020 10:19 PM



An alternative to the epoxy that John mentioned might be a sheet of acrylic over the pictures. It would be rather soft and subject to scratching, but would probably last as long as the kids want to use it. Also, it could be easily replaced if needed.

+ the pictures could be replaced to change the scene

-- derek / oregon

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 08-21-2020 03:20 PM

Old Chinese proverb says:

Put crap in, get crap out….. Sometimes just shiny new looking crap.

I’d just forget the old table, and build new from the ground up. As for the top look up decopauge

It’s the old way to put pics under a finish. Fact is it yellows quite a bit, so at that point I would suggest either a plexi glass top framed in, or plain old Poly lapped on. I didn’t follow the decopage links, but I’m figuring it’s more $$$$

Polycriyylic might yellow less being water based. Whatever you use try some scraps first to see if it’s gonna keep the work from bleeding.

-- Think safe, be safe

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