Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
I chose West Systems epoxy because they sell a range of thickeners to go with the epoxy and wanted to try it out. They are industrial grade boat epoxies. My friend Marylin Campbell does some incredible vessels using a clay like epoxy that she mixes up from the West system epoxy and thickener.
I don't normally use epoxy for furniture. I like glues that can be taken apart for later repair if necessary or I'll use yellow glue. It's cheaper than epoxy and bonds stronger than the wood. However most woodworkers glues aren't gap fillers and even though the tenons on the spindles were really good they weren't perfect.
However, the main reason I chose thick epoxy was the assembly. All the spindles fit really good in the holes and it was tricky getting all the parts together. I thought that if I glued them into the table top and let it dry I would be screwed if only one dowel didn't line up perfectly when I glued the rail. So I had this brilliant idea of gluing them all at once. Here's where the epoxy comes in. If I had put yellow glue in all the holes when I turned one of the part upside down to assemble it some glue would invariably run out and be a real hassle to clean up. Since I had the epoxy and knew and I could thicken it to the point it wouldn't run, that was the obvious choice.