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Bending wood and resin

Can I do it the same way with all the pieces attached, or do I have to bend the wood first then try and put on the carbon fiber and resin? The latter. If you try to apply carbon fiber and resin ...
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Filling cracks with epoxy after Tung oil

I think I may have screwed up the order of operations a bit Yup. But because you're using an oil finish it's not quite as bad as it seems. Inside the cracks and other defects the epoxy won't stick ...
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What is the strongest wood filler?

There isn't a single definitive answer to this because many of the options have variables that affect the properties of the set/hardened product. Obviously this includes any blends of an adhesive with ...
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In which order should I glue, stain and apply epoxy resin?

Since it doesn't relate to the other things we're discussing in the Comments we can go ahead and Answer the main query you posted here. In which order should I glue, stain and apply epoxy resin? ...
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Why is clear epoxy not often used to fill cracks in live edge slabs?

Why is clear epoxy not used? Two related reasons I can think of plus a third unrelated. The first is just because people don't want to make their fills transparent (or to put it another way, they ...
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Why is my West Systems epoxy discoloring after sanding

the white haze stayed all the way through 180 grit. 180 paper is actually fairly coarse in the grand scheme of things. It is a perfectly fine final sanding grit for wood in most cases (and sometimes ...
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Epoxy table exposed wood cracked

But some pieces are exposed. One of them started cracking. Trying to fix this will probably only make the problem worse. It looks like the crack is at the edge of one exposed piece that has shrunk. ...
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The epoxy hardens extremely slowly - what's the cause?

I've just checked the website for this epoxy. The pot life is not the same as the curing time. It states: Potlife: 30 minutes at 23 ° C Curing time: Initial curing 10-12 hours at 23°C. Full ...
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Why does two-part epoxy shrink when mixed?

Trying to recall my grade 11 chemistry here, but the makeup of the two parts are not identical and one has molecules that fit in the empty spaces of the other part. You can observe the same behaviour ...
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Epoxy sat in -7c for 3 nights should I replace it?

Should be fine. Epoxy contains no water, so is not damaged by freezing. Some users rely on this when they mix a large batch, putting one half in the freezer so they can use it later! I have done this ...
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Is it possible make the surface of wood harder?

The comments have a lot of good discussion about wood choice, but to directly answer your question, yes. You can use epoxy to make a surface harder. However, you need to be careful about your choice ...
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How to properly use dye or sawdust to color epoxy for filling voids in wood

Basically, I want to avoid situations I've encountered in the past where the dyed epoxy seeps into the wood surrounding the void and creates a stain or blotch that is difficult to impossible to sand ...
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Voids, epoxy and staining compatibility

Should I look for another way to fill the void? This is a matter of opinion but I don't think so. Epoxy is one of the best, if not the best, materials to fill voids and fallen knots. It has become ...
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Voids, epoxy and staining compatibility

It's a knot. Or at least you are treating it like a knot. Knots don't match final finish color in virtually all cases. The basic approach - fill with black epoxy. Trying to be subtle but it won't ...
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The epoxy hardens extremely slowly - what's the cause?

You will need to experiment. Try ten small batches with increasing amounts of hardener. Check results and repeat based on previous results and go from there. I would look for another product while ...
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Why is my West Systems epoxy discoloring after sanding

When you apply the poly the scratches will fill and the cloudiness from the sanding will disappear
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Desktop case design: Which one should I do first for mold and heat resistance, epoxy resin or varnish?

The discussion was getting carried away, so here we go: Heat resistance Polyurethane is very heat resistant -62°C to 93°C with special formulations able to handle temps as high as 150°C, however that'...
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Punky spots on a madrone/arbutus slab

some spots have gotten punky and I would like to know if using Clear Shellac (Zinsser Bulls Eye) is a good choice for stabilizing/hardening those areas. It depends on your standard for hardness. But ...
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Can I oil wood if the pores are full of epoxy?

Will the wood still absorb polymerized linseed oil evenly This is very firmly a maybe. Sometimes visible filled grain/pores do indicate that if you oil (or use a finish that acts similarly to 'wet' ...
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Recommended coating to use on top of epoxy to help resist scratches

There may be other things going on here (more on this below) but it seems clear that the main issue was that not enough time passed before the table was put into service. A couple of quotes from epoxy ...
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Can I black dye gorilla glue and use it to fill cracks in wood instead of black epoxy?

I am wondering if it would be possible to dye black gorilla glue and use it to fill cracks in wood instead of the well known black epoxy method? No. Polyurethane glues foam up as they cure, and the ...
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How to prevent epoxy from running out of wood voids

I have used hot glue on occasion to form a “dam” around the perimeter of the resin. Simple and effective. Hot glue guns and sticks are very cheap. Easy to remove later.
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How to prevent epoxy from running out of wood voids

Obviously levelling the slab to begin with would help here, checking in both directions and along both diagonals with a level1. but this time I think a little silicone/hot glue boundary might keep ...
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Why is clear epoxy not often used to fill cracks in live edge slabs?

I've used clear epoxy and tinted, it just depends on the project. Clear is generally harder to get right. If you have contaminants they will show or cloud the final product. For me, tinting is either ...
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How to properly use dye or sawdust to color epoxy for filling voids in wood

You need to consider what effect you're chasing. Epoxy as a filler always looks 'foreign' because it has a different surface finish, and because it neither takes stains nor ages the same way as the ...
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What can be done to repair epoxy resin cast that cracked while curing?

As I'm sure you'll have picked up from elsewhere, you can't repair this. I will bet you'll find at least someone who's tried to recover from something similar to this by pouring in more epoxy but ...
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High or Low RPM for sanding Epoxy layer on wood?

Unfortunately this is one of those things which comes down to the ever-regrettable it depends. There are numerous variables that are important to any specific situation of sanding epoxy and they go ...
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Punky spots on a madrone/arbutus slab

Shellac isn’t very hard; I think it’d be a poor choice for stabilizing wood. Shellac is sometimes mixed with wood flour to make a putty for filling holes and small cracks, but It sounds like you’re ...
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What order do I go in to fill defects in wood?

Many "live edge" slabs/boards have structural issues like voids, knots, cracks, etc. which can be filled using two-part epoxy. To prepare the surface, sand with coarse grit sandpaper to ...
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