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Forum topic by LyallAndSons posted 04-16-2015 09:52 PM 1019 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2015 09:52 PM

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This one is out of my wheelhouse so to speak. I’ve made cabinets for a living for 25+ years but I’m only a hobby turner. I’ve done enough bowls to be comfortable with the project but looking for input from some of you guys with a few more turning projects to go on.

SWMBO has asked for a bathroom remodel. No problem other than she wants a big segmented vessel sink. I know my lathe will handle it and it seems like just a large bowl. My question is, will it last in a steamy bathroom? She has picked out a jetted tub so I expect her to use this room a lot. It will also be our main upstairs bathroom for she and I. I’m thinking epoxy to glue up my segments and then several coats of epoxy as a finish. Would spar varnish or just poly hold up better? I spray 2 part poly on most of the cabinets out of my shop and it holds up well. Just never made a sink before.

I have some great curly hickory (yeah, I know…good luck keeping it from warping) but it will make a beautiful piece, IF it will work. I don’t want to trash it if this isn’t do-able. Anyone ever try it? Is it something I should just buy?


-- Lyall & Sons Woodsmiths...Custom handcrafted woodwork since 1989

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#1 posted 04-16-2015 10:04 PM

I think it would be awesome.
Here is a site that sells some segmented sinks, finished with varnish.

Not sure on their choice of finish though. I think a quality epoxy would be better.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 04-16-2015 10:05 PM

Good quality epoxy, without a doubt.

And don’t be skimpy.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 04-16-2015 10:14 PM

Thanks guys. I’m thinking the bar top stuff wouldn’t set quick enough. I have a few gals of West System quick set but don’t remember how quick (not at the shop at the moment) but I’ll check in the AM.

-- Lyall & Sons Woodsmiths...Custom handcrafted woodwork since 1989

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#4 posted 04-17-2015 04:23 AM

I hope you keep us updated, my wife wants a wood sink in our bathroom. They are apparently all the rage right now.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 04-17-2015 08:38 PM

I’ve done 3 wood sinks, each blank done differently. The common part is the finish. I treated them like a boat. I used 4 oz fiberglass and West System epoxy, then Epiphanes varnish, on all of them. One has been going for 3 years of hard use and it looks as good as new.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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