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Epoxy coating on 100 yr old 2x12s

Our project is using +100 year old 2x12s with kerf marks as a kitchen island counter top. The island will measure 3ft8in x 14ft. We want to leave all of the character/flaws/kerf marks in the wood and the boards do contain a slight crown. We are looking at using a self-leveling pour on epoxy product (www.bestbartopepoxy.com) to coat the wood once installed. Please advise your opinions/suggestions if you have experience with this product or similar epoxy products.

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Robert - call the tech rep at Bartop Epoxy and ask them all the
technical questions you may have. especially about sealing
the wood (and what to use) prior to pouring it on your irreplaceable wood.
if not sealed correctly, the bubbles from the wood will drive you NUTS
trying to get them all popped before the epoxy sets up. and any bubbles
that are in the epoxy when it cures will be there forever and ever and ever.
you also have the task of applying the epoxy to all the edges.
then - ask for referrals in your area that you may be able to go look at in person.
a side note: if the wood is good on both sides, why not have the boards
resawn in half so you could have double the amount of antique boards
for other projects around the house.

a 52sf area is a TREMENDOUS project for a novice and should be
referred to the professionals that do that for a living.


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I’m sure if the wood is a hundred years old, it’s got its share of stains, dings and patina. Why not let it get a few more? It’s your wood, but it sort of seems a shame to cover it with plastic.
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While waiting for a plane at Piarco airport, Trinidad, I was most impressed by the old driftwood planks set in poured epoxy to make tables Later in Bermuda, visited a pub where the counter top consisted of coins in epoxy. Here on the forum, one poster enquired about setting bottle caps in similar fashion. A smooth polished surface much easier to clean then rough wood. A few videos on utube.
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John, thank you for your reply, it is greatly appreciated. The epoxy company recommends three seal coats of the same product prior to the pour coat. Yes, indeed this project would be way over my head, a carpenter is doing the work but does not have experience with this type of epoxy finish. Due to the slight crown in the material, it seems that a self-leveling product is required to achieve a smooth finish.
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I’m sure if the wood is a hundred years old, it’s got its share of stains, dings and patina. Why not let it get a few more? It’s your wood, but it sort of seems a shame to cover it with plastic.
Quickstep, thank you for your reply. Due to a crown we need a product that will provide a level finish.
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