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post #1 of 22 Old 05-22-2012, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Learnin 'bout epoxy

At the John Campbell Folk School in western NC this week learning about epoxy and turning...

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Getting all kinds of design ideas and thoughts on making small blanks into really big pieces.

WeekendTurner having a blast spending the whole week turning for a change!
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Dude, that is sweeeeeet!

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Did you take a class with my friend Linda. She's a sweety and a might good turner. I took her class about a year and half ago to see if she does things differently than I do when using epoxy. She does and we had a great time comparing notes.
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That's a really cool and unique look! I like that alot!
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Nice stuff!

Thanks for sharing your experience!

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Here's Linda's website if any of you aren't familiar with her work. She teaches at John C Campbell Folk School occasionally.
http://www.lindasuterwoodart.com/
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Yes, Linda is great, thanks John. Photos to come, but yesterday we added epoxy in-lays and today/tomorrow we have Multi-axis platters/sculptures.
Very tired, Internet limited via 4g wifi. Time to sleep now... Back to the lathe tomorrow, and tomorrow....
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More epoxy pics....


Attachment 45072 Attachment 45075


Top & bottom of the finished day-1 plate. maple and walnut segments.

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Day -2 - Inlays with epoxy. Poplar bowl/platter with wide rim to hold inlay. I used engrain paduk and walnut spindles I brought along. One left square and the paduk I rounded. Laid on and locked in with a few drops of CA.


Attachment 45079

Turned to final shape. The form was a bit heavy so I chose to undercut the rim a good bit to lighten it up. The poplar grain cooperated, for a change ;-)

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Epoxy soup. Mixed thinner to let it pour in between all the nooks and crevices. Left to set overnight.

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Day -2 project completed with stippling and a first coat of spray shellac. First time stippling, used Linda's high-speed tool.
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Maybe its just on my end but all your links say "invalid attachment" when I click them.

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Maybe its just on my end but all your links say "invalid attachment" when I click them.
same here
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Sorry guys, having significant connection issues out here in the mountains of western NC.

More epoxy pics....



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Bottom of the finished day-1 plate. maple and walnut segments.


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Day -2 - Inlays with epoxy. Poplar bowl/platter with wide rim to hold inlay. I used engrain paduk and walnut spindles I brought along. One left square and the paduk I rounded. Laid on and locked in with a few drops of CA.

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Epoxy soup. Mixed thinner to let it pour in between all the nooks and crevices. Left to set overnight.

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Turned to final shape. The form was a bit heavy so I chose to undercut the rim a good bit to lighten it up. The poplar grain cooperated, for a change ;-)

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Day -2 project completed with stippling and a first coat of spray shellac. First time stippling, used Linda's high-speed tool.
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now that is something awesome!
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OOOH Love the last one. The texture in the epoxy is great. Good Job
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Both pieces are fabulous -- but the stippling has taken it to a whole new level, WOW!

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Thanks for sharing the info. Great stuff. I have played with epoxy just a few times. I dont know much about the properties of different kinds but I have found a slower set gives the bubbles time to rise and pop. And a heat gun or hair dryer will get many to rise and pop. But also found if you get the wood to hot it will release lots of small bubbles and work against you.
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I'm just wondering because I don't know, but could the bubbles be vibrated to the top?

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Thanks all for the comments.

I'm new to the epoxy, but as I understand it heat is no help. The reaction generates its own heat as a byproduct of setting up.

A thinner -- less filler -- mix lets the air bubbles escape more easily. My thin pour had 0 bubbles, just two holes where I failed to mix the paint globs properly.

The thicker, buttered, mix left about a dozen air bubbles. Easy enough to fix with more epoxy and time, but getting the color match can be tricky.
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Sorry everyone but I guess I'm missing something? Where do you buy the epoxy and what kind of epoxy is used? Oh,and buy the way "Weekend Turner" those are great looking.Perhaps one day I'll sign up for one of the classes at the school since I'm only a 1 1/2 hr. drive from that area.
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Sorry everyone but I guess I'm missing something? Where do you buy the epoxy and what kind of epoxy is used? Oh,and buy the way "Weekend Turner" those are great looking.Perhaps one day I'll sign up for one of the classes at the school since I'm only a 1 1/2 hr. drive from that area.
Thanks for the kind words.

Linda Suter recommends the West System, 105 epoxy and 205 hardener with 410 filler optional. Worked great for my class.

These guys are running a special right now....
http://www.discountmarinesupplies.co...aged_Kits.html

And if you are that close to John Campbell you really must take a class there. I drove 6 hours and it was worth it.
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