Wood engraving project

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  1. Retard3dDonk3y

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    I've got a project in mind where I'll be cutting holes in my table and filling them up with something like resin to cover it up and make it appear like glass.

    Does anyone here have experience in this sort of area?

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks :)
     
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    I saw a video last week of a guy who filled the cracks of a board of wood with pigmented epoxy, then (once dried) pushed it through the planer. Became a pub bench

    Kind of looked like this. I don't think epoxy is clear though.

    These guys made this with casting resin, it's clear
     
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    Yeah I've played around with a bit of clear resin, its simple enough to do. I think the hardest part will be actually cutting the wood. I'm guessing it depends on what kind of wood it is. Hmmm..
     
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    The kind of wood could also affect how it goes with the resin as you need to over fill resin as it shrinks. That could mean resin also getting into the grain of the timber unless you finished the timber first.
    Of course you could always run the timber through a planner but not many have one of those.
     
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    a similar thing ive seen is pouring molten aluminum on it

    back on topic one thing you should consider is hot viscous the epoxy / resin / etc is. you will want something thin enough that air is able to escape crevices and cracks depending on the detail you go into

    are you doing only holes, or carving a surface onto it plays into things a lot as to how you do it
     
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    your sig made me giggle :lol:

    yeh I'm thinking of cutting out shapes in the table (about 1mm deep or so) just enough to fit the stuff in there.

    So if I want a glass-like finish, its gotta be as thin as possible?
     
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    hmm theyre some cool ideas thanks guys!

    ill be making holes, but theyll be rectangular
     
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    Cutting a rectangular recess in timber is not easy unless you're very skilled with a chisel.
    We used to make things like chess boards using cut acrylic squares glued to a timber base and then edged with timber. Cutting a square hole to inlay anything is real craftsman stuff. You can cut an square with rounded corners with a router and jig of course.
    The other issue is buying timber in Au that's suitable for this kind of work; compared to what you can buy in the USA, Au really sucks.
     
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    yeh id imagine you can always add in that glow

    hmm the possibilities are endless in these type of projects aye? :lol:

    I think I'll be better off getting a custom-made table instead, where they make the holes too.. especially now that my whole setup has changed.

    My current table is pretty unergonomic tbh and its only about 2cm of wood deep
     
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