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Hello, my name is Gabriel, born and raised in south-east Poland. Even though my grandfather and father were working with wood all their lives I got interested in it in 2014. Somehow I didn't feel like crafting thing from wood. Now, that's (beside my regular job) thing I love: finding the right piece of wood and changing it into something new or diferent. I hope you will all enjoy my projects. Regrds from Poland Gabriel

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Epoxy River Coffee Table5 months ago
    Epoxy River Coffee Table

    It might be a good idea to do so, but still I didn't find a way to set the parts of the slab firmly, so they don't move and make the epoxy flow out to waste...

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Epoxy River Coffee Table10 months ago
    Epoxy River Coffee Table

    Thank you for all the tips you gave here. Well, first thing is that, I was not sure how strong the epoxy is and I couldn't figure out how to stabilize the parts of the wood. It came through my mind to powdercoat the legs, but it would cost to much, so polishing it and covering with clear varnish was a better option for me and it just fits with the stainless rods.The idea was to make is as handmade as possible to reduce to cost of the table.And those tables you made are just awesome. They have all the thing I like: wood, steel, epoxy and the most important they are beautiful in their simplicity.

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Banjas333's instructable Balance Bike DIY1 year ago
    Balance Bike DIY

    I was thinking about a bike like yours for my little cousin. Now I know how to get it done! Thanks for this great instructable! And nice job, well done!

    Of course, when it's only done, all the work will be here!

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Epoxy River Coffee Table1 year ago
    Epoxy River Coffee Table

    That is an option, but I fear that acrylic might crash... The stainless tubes were fit pretty tight and after hammering the in place there was and is no way to separate parts of the slab. And, I did't wabt to use any glue because I have no idea what can happen to resin when it contacts the glue.

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Epoxy River Coffee Table1 year ago
    Epoxy River Coffee Table

    If I had a plantation I'd probably quit my regular job and spend the rest of my life in the workshop making new things :) and of course you can, a little knowledge , good attitude and faith in your own abillities, some tools and place to work ;)

    Of course, there are different coloring powders for epoxy, just need to search the web ;)For now I wanted to try clear one, but who knows, maybe next time the epoxy will be colored ;)

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Epoxy River Coffee Table1 year ago
    Epoxy River Coffee Table

    Thank you, my pleasure that I could make you smile :)

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Frozen Sea Water Console1 year ago
    Frozen Sea Water Console

    Thank you very much Jim, I'm happy to inspire you. You may also want to look at my other project to get more ideas ;)

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Epoxy River Coffee Table1 year ago
    Epoxy River Coffee Table

    Your table is really nice and from your instructable looks very easy to do. Great work!

    I'm glad and very happy to be inpiration :) thank you

    Actually I didn't think about it, but the steel rods here were fit pretty tight and hammered in the slab. After fitting them, there was no way to separate the slab pieces. Glass or plexy would probably be destroyed while doing that kind of stuff, and one thing for sure I didn't want to use any glue or that kind of stuff because I didn't know how would epoxy react with glue. I could have use resin to glues them, but it would complicate the project.

    The gregklassen.com works are really nice, perfectly finished... and that's the thing, they are too perfect... I prefer a style with a little more roughness, a bit more imperfestions than the wood itself has. I would love to see the wood that you have prepared and the results of your work with the slabs.I wish you luck with building the house and after it's done, with live edges.

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Epoxy River Coffee Table1 year ago
    Epoxy River Coffee Table

    Thank you :)

    To be honest I didin't think about it this way. The rodes were supposed to be decorative as well as reinforceing the table. And I was afraid that the resin would crack while doing all the finishing work.If not with the rods how do you want to stabilize the slab? I mean, cracks must be closed, and the space between pieces of wood needs to be covered. Placing it on other board may not do the trick.

    Thank you! :)

    Thank you very much :)

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Epoxy River Coffee Table1 year ago
    Epoxy River Coffee Table

    Zbyszek, those pipes were just hammered in one piece, the other piece was carefully hammered as well. No glue, no screws, just a little force ;) but not to much to prevent the slab from damaging.

    I was afraid that the epoxy would not glue the wood together and it would just fall apart. It my second epoxy work with wood and still learning new things how it works

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Epoxy River Coffee Table1 year ago
    Epoxy River Coffee Table

    Your welcome :) I'd love to see the results of your work

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Epoxy River Coffee Table1 year ago
    Epoxy River Coffee Table

    Thank you very much :)

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Frozen Sea Water Console1 year ago
    Frozen Sea Water Console

    So... In a comment below I gave info on the resin. You need mixing cups. What I found on the web is "3 cups mixing" - one for resin, one for hardener and one to mix the ingredients. Important thing is to mix small amout in a wide vessel. The reason is simple - large amount in a narrow vessel will imediately boil (resin produces high temperature while curing).So I bought the resin and the cups (like shown here, mine was 0,8 litre as far as I remember). Cups are avaliable online for sure and (in my case) a local car lacquer shop.To mix it together I used, already prepared, wooden sticks (like one of these).My epoxy is mixed in weight ratio, so I used an old weight (like this) to measure the right amount. And the ratios should be as precise as possible, otherwise the resin would ...

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    So... In a comment below I gave info on the resin. You need mixing cups. What I found on the web is "3 cups mixing" - one for resin, one for hardener and one to mix the ingredients. Important thing is to mix small amout in a wide vessel. The reason is simple - large amount in a narrow vessel will imediately boil (resin produces high temperature while curing).So I bought the resin and the cups (like shown here, mine was 0,8 litre as far as I remember). Cups are avaliable online for sure and (in my case) a local car lacquer shop.To mix it together I used, already prepared, wooden sticks (like one of these).My epoxy is mixed in weight ratio, so I used an old weight (like this) to measure the right amount. And the ratios should be as precise as possible, otherwise the resin would cure to fast or... never cure.For safety, of course, latex gloves (click here) and and clothes that are only for dirty work. If you get a resin stain on anythig, you'll never wash it off.About the epoxy. There are diffferent types avaliable to buy, some mixed by weight other by volume with different ratios. Best would be 1:1 ratio, cause it's just easier to measure the proper amounts of resin and hardener. Good thing about epoxy is that, that it doesn't smell bad, and with caution can be mixed at home).I didn't check the temperature, it was hot like hell outside and sure about 20-25 Ceslius in my workshop, so the conditions were perfect for resin work.Hopefully I helped you a bit with your questions. With new projects I will sure document the process of measuring, mixing and pouring the resin, but for that you'll have to be a little patient ;)

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Frozen Sea Water Console1 year ago
    Frozen Sea Water Console

    Doing other stuff with resin... a few years back my brother made motorcycle fairing with fiberglass and poliurethane resin (click here and here (lamp, freont fender and half of the rear end)) and I hleped him. It was like 4th or 5th thing done with this method. More or less I think i'd manage to make something out of galss or carbon fiber materials.You gave me an idea. There is a company,1 hour drive that makes resins (Ciech Sarzyna). Maybe they'd have some barely expired resin... anyways I still have about 3-4kg of epoxy to use, so I'll think about it in the future.

    There is a guy near my home town that sells wood. Almost anything you want, ash, oak, walnut,acacia and many many more. But... it's in Poland

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Frozen Sea Water Console1 year ago
    Frozen Sea Water Console

    Thanks for the ideas, however I did'nt want to colour the resin. And vibrating the resin? That might be something worth trying, will sure think about it next time ;)About the fumes, epoxy resin is much less smelly than poliurethane ones and, from my experience, can be prepared and poured indors. But of course ventilation is required, as always when working with chemicals.

    Of course I did a lot of research on the epoxy over the web. There are many types of epoxy (meaning resin-hardener ratio). After gathering all the knowledge I chose the 2:1 weight ratio. You are right that the further you go from the manufacturer instructions on the ratios the different the epoxy will be (more elastic or hard but still clear). There are types of resin that you mix with 1:1 ratio, but for the same amount I'd have to pay a lot (like 5 or 6 time) more than I did.

    Thanks. I'd like to see a picture of your glass copper table, must look awesome. What you say about cutting down on the hardener may be frustraiting. When doing it on purpouse you may expect the epoxy not to cure, but if you want it hard and be super crystal clear the A:B ratio must be exact. Otherwise, while sanding it would be like rubber. In my project I used a heat blower to help the resin cure and harden.

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Frozen Sea Water Console1 year ago
    Frozen Sea Water Console

    Thanks. The epoxy is Techniart, Techniplas 400 (I thinks it's made in Poland). I bought 3 kilograms (2 kg epoxy, 1 kg hardener) .It cost me 140 PLN (about 50USD) and I used almost al of it. Very little left, less than 0,5 kg. And, as the company (Techniart) says it's a "flooring system", but works fine with wood.

    It belongs in someones room now. Sold it just after it was finished. And thank you :)

    I thought about it, but got a bit confused with the rules of the contest and now the contest is gone :( so maybe another project will enter ;)

    Thank you :)

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Frozen Sea Water Console1 year ago
    Frozen Sea Water Console

    thank you very much :)

    thank you very much :)

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  • Gabriel_S_PL commented on Gabriel_S_PL's instructable Frozen Sea Water Console1 year ago
    Frozen Sea Water Console

    Thank you, I'm glad that you like my work :)

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