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HANG .10 coffee table - version II

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Well, here is version II of my original HANG .10 surfboard coffee table.  This time around I used pennies, with copper/chrome maple leafs on a white background.

Which one do you like better?

 
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Step 1:

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1st thing to do is make a jig...
*Take your paper template and trace its shape onto the wood that you will use for your jig. I used 1/2" MDF but you can use 1/4"  
  MDF, Masonite or plywood.           
*Use your jigsaw now to cut out that shape from the MDF. Once cut out, I took a belt sander and cleaned up and smoothed all the edges around the jig. This will be your main jig now. This jig is what the router bit follows to cut out your perfect ellipse.
*Select your wood to make your table from. I chose pre-finished birch.
*Put the wood template onto the wood you've selected and clamp it down.
*Route around the jig with the router bit riding against the jig. I used a 1" pattern bit with a ball bearing. This is what rides against the edges that I smoothed out earlier on the jig.
*Once the main shape was routed out, I switched to a 22.5 router bit and routed around the edges once again. This gives me the 22.5  bevel on the edges just like the Eames table has. (actually its a 20 bevel - but who can tell;~)

*Now the table top is ready for your design.
*I masked off the edges and painted the top white. I left the edges exposed to show the different plywood layers similar to the  
 Herman Miller/Eames surfboard table.
*Lay out the location of the stripes with painters tape.
*Now start adding your pennies!
*I used white glue and Q-Tips. Type of glue doesn't really matter because the whole table will be getting covered with epoxy resin   later.        
 *When you are done, remove the painters tape and now you can lay out your copper/chrome maple leaf decals or whichever   
 design you prefer.
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CraigRJess (author)  deleted_account4 months ago

Hi Chris, no problem about the questions. We are all here to learn and share with others what we've learned.

1) No raised lip. There is 2 ways you can go about it. Either use a dam OR let it overflow down the sides. All depends on what you're doing. To build a dam, I used painters tape or duct tape is fine. Place it all around the edge of your work, pour the epoxy, then remove tape after 3-7 days. OR you can let it flow over the edge, BUT you will still need to deal with it underneath where it will get drippy/runny - that is hard to remove!. On my penny table, which I will post shortly - I put painters tape near the edge on the underneath of the table. I let the epoxy overflow and came back every 10 mins. and wiped it with a brush on the underside near the edges. That way, when it dries, it will be pretty smooth and flat. If you don't - you will get 'stalactites' of epoxy which are difficult to remove and you may damage your work trying to remove them.

2) I have been using epoxy found at Michaels here in Canada. This should be fine for your projects. I will be switching to West Systems epoxy though. Just remember to heat the epoxy and resin in hot water before you mix. It will flow way easier!

3) You have to keep in mind that epoxy, esp. the cheaper stuff - will yellow slightly unless you protect it.

Hope this helps, any more questions let me know :~)

laxap11 months ago
It's totally amazing. I cannot say which version I prefer; it really depends on your interior.

Question: does the epoxy coat retain its gloss with the time, or do you have to be especially careful against scratches?
CraigRJess (author)  laxap11 months ago
Thanks for the kind words :~)

Gloss will last a long time with epoxy BUT has the potential to degrade over a long period when exposed to UV rays. It can also yellow slightly too. The amount depends on the light exposure. (obviously more outside than inside). It can be protected though, by the 2 products listed below.

As with any coating, you do have to be careful against scratches - more so with the black though. White can hide a lot....
I am looking into Epifanes or 2K spray coatings to spray over the epoxy. This will be a harder and more durable coating which you can wet sand over and over again to get the fine scratches out.
Keep an eye out for my Penny Table coming shortly - I know you will love that one!
Wow, the effect that the leaves and pennies create under the epoxy is amazing! Wonderful job!
CraigRJess (author)  lindarose921 year ago
Thank you so much :~) The decals conformed to the orange peel finish (little peaks/valleys) from the paint. This resulted in a shimmering and shadow type effect depending how light hits it. Unexpected but much welcomed after seeing this...