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I just build a new bar for an American Legion Post. The bar top now is 3/8" red oak flooring with 3 coat of polyurethane.It also has a rail around it 3/4" high. All the veterans here, men and women, want to donate their metals, ribbons and Patches; and embed them in a resin coating. This coat needs to be close to 1/2 " thick. This will be REALLY COOL. Now, I need to know or talk to someone who has worked with resin for advice. Like, can this be done in one pour or 2 or 3 pours? I am prepping everything floatable (ribbons, wood plaques, patches), I am sealing these items with poly to prevent air problems and will be gluing them down. We will only get ONE shot at this; so I would like some advice or help from someone who has worked with this medium. A representative on site would be cool! Thanks. I can be reached by e-mail or cell: 419-699-5546.?

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

8 years ago

First off, let me commend you for the effort you are doing. I think its a great idea, but I think there's a better way.

Cost is a factor with your idea, and like you said you "only get ONE shot at this". The other important point to consider is HOW the resin will affect things like ribbons and patches. The resin will actually soak into any porous materials like that, and change their appearance. Dealing with air bubbles will also be very hard to manage without harming the pieces. I think you and the veterans will be very disappointed with how it ends up looking.

An easier way to do this would be to make the bar top into a display case. You already have a 3/4" railing, so get a router to cut a channel that you can slide a piece of safety glass into and add a bead of clear silicone to the edges.

I'm sure if you contacted a glass company in your area, and explained what you are doing, they may be willing to give you the safety glass for free (or at a steep discount); especially if you're willing to add a "donated by" sticker (or something similar) to the case. They can also help you with installation.

This way, you keep the integrity of each donated piece, people will still see your workmanship, and you will have the flexibility to add more pieces to the case in the future.

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conrailcon
conrailcon

Answer 8 years ago

I like your idea, canucksgirl, it was talked about; and still in mind.
I will still consider it, got to talk to a glass company in town. Thank you.

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Answer 8 years ago

No problem. You could also add some small spot lights or a length of rope lighting (hidden around the frame edges of the display case/lid) which would look really cool and would help show off all the veteran's achievements. :-)

Please post some photos (regardless of how you make this). I'd love to see how it turns out.

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rickharris
rickharris

8 years ago

I have made paper weights containing different objects.

You will need clear resin - This is going to be quite expensive so try to locate someone who will sell in bulk and buy several gallons or as required.
1. I would think 1/2 an inch would pour in 1 go.

2. The resin heats up as it cures and if too thick can crack or develop bubbles. Thick coatings are poured in 1 or more layers.

3. You will need to make sure the floating bits stay down in the resin - I have poured a layer - stuck the objects down to it and when cured poured over the top to the thickness I needed.

4. practice with a small area and some coins to give you a feel for how long you have to work in and what happens.

5. Allow for the smell you will need good ventilation

6. Obviously you will need an edge to contain the resin whilst it sets. You will also as far as possible need to keep dust at bay.

great project though. The resin will scratch as it is fairly soft and although it can be re-polished I am not too sure how suitable it would be for a bar top.

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conrailcon
conrailcon

Answer 8 years ago


At this time, cost is not a factor, Home Depot is donating 10 gallons of resin for us. I want to talk to the manufacturer's rep to see if it can be poured at one time and if there is a final coat to use for protection. There is a rail around the whole bar area, so there will be no run-off. All the porous items will be sealed with clear poly and a dab of glue to hold them in place. I will post pictures, after it is finished, sometime in December, I hope. Thank you for your response. Hope I get some more in-put, though.

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iceng
iceng

Answer 8 years ago

I read some where the final layer and a special hardener provides the
desired surface resilience.

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