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post #1 of 3 Old 10-17-2010, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Carved Table top

If I were to carve into a table top, what would I use to get a flat, clear finish? I want to fill in the carving and leave a clear, level surface.
I have never attempted anything like this, so any help will be....very helpful!
Gary

PS. Sorry, I don't know how this got into the turnning forum!
If someone knows how to move it to the finishing forum that would be great.
Thanks,
Gary

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There are several "bar top" or "table top" epoxy type products available. I think they all work basically the same way. Mix the two parts according to instruction and pour it on.
I have used one such product for a custom built bar in my basement. I do not remember which brand I went with. You will be surprised at how much of the product it takes. It should self level and the bubbles will mostly work theirselves out. I also used a hairdryer to heat small bubbly patches to assist with dissolving the bubbles.
You will have to use something to trap the material on the table top. In my case it was the bar rail molding. No matter how well I thought the rail was sealed down to the bar, I still got drips. So be ready with a way to clean up the drips.

Here are a couple URL's to different products. These are from a google search, I am not affiliated with any of these companies.

http://www.uscomposites.com/kk121.html (this one may be the one I used)
http://www.epoxyproducts.com/bartop.html
http://www.epoxysystems.com/214.htm

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Personally, I'd use acrylic or epoxy as suggested. There are a lot of options of "self leveling" and pourable resins and acrylics that will be a good solution for you.
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