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    Mostly DIY projects that involve me learning about some cool new thing on the internet, realizing that I can't afford it, and eventually building it myself (often picking up some new woodworking skills along the way).

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  1. Hello friends. So, I'm finishing a couple tables for outdoor use, and was wondering if anyone familiar with using infrared lamps might have some advice: I'd like to speed the cure time on my projects, but the specialized IR curing lamps are a bit out of my price range at the moment. Will the smaller ceramic IR bulbs typically used in reptile enclosures serve the same purpose for a modest-sized project? I was hoping to set a couple up in reflector domes above my workpiece to speed curing time. What say you? Here's the bulbs I was hoping to use: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MXD4SMW?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details
  2. Hello friends, thought I'd post a quick update: I found "clear penetrating epoxy", a two part mix, that is specifically meant for outdoor applications. I did an initial pour, and, after thickening but before fully curing, poured another layer of traditional 2-part epoxy. After that was good and cured (about a week later), I gave the surface a good scuffing, and am now finishing with multiple coats of spar urethane as a topcoat (for extra sealing, abrasion, and UV resistance). It's looking good (so far), but I had an issue with the urethane that I could use some advice on: I poured some leftover poly (that had been thinned about 70 poly/30 paint thinner) back in the can, and at next use, it was quite milky in appearance (while in the jar). Is this a problem? If so, is there anything I can do to salvage the poly, or is it ruined? You can see in the pic, the jar on the left is the one to which I'm referring, the jar on the right (which has separated into 2 layers, with the bottom milky) is new. Thanks, Easy
  3. Hello friends. So, I've been finishing a butcherblock table, wanting a nice appearance as well as durability. I've already poured the 2-part epoxy, and I'm on the poly, but my spar urethane has an odd appearance: it is separated into 2 layers, the top clear and dark, the bottom milky. I did pour some leftover poly, cut with mineral spirits, back in the can, so I would imagine that is what caused it. What I'd like to know is why, and is it still usable, or do I need to toss it? I bought a new can, to be safe (Rustoleum Oil-based Spar Urethane - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JQCJTK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ), but its appearance is milky as well. You can see in the pic, the brand new can is to the left, the old, mixed/separated one to the right. Is this natural? Still usable? Anything I need to do to it? I should add, I'm in Florida, so my garage/workshop stays warm, 70's to 80's F. Thanks,Easy
  4. Thanks guys. I did find this "Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer" after some searching, and it lists butcherblock under its applications, but I suppose I'll need to keep it under the awning all the same: https://www.amazon.com/TotalBoat-Penetrating-Epoxy-Quart-Traditional/dp/B0141F71II/ref=sr_1_3?crid=17S94QPXR1M84&dchild=1&keywords=clear%2Bpenetrating%2Bepoxy%2Bsealer&qid=1628819899&sprefix=clear%2Bpenet%2Caps%2C208&sr=8-3&th=1 That said, I'd also like something to provide some UV protection (living down in South Florida, and all): what can I apply on top of the above-linked epoxy so as to provide UV protection? Thanks
  5. Hello friends. So, some time back, my dad picked up a large haul of gorgeous butcherblock from the side of the road. While the big slab (8 foot long) is earmarked for our new workbench, I cut and routed a smaller slab for a deck table. I've applied the stain, and I have a 2-part epoxy for the surface: problem is, the epoxy doesn't provide the weatherproofing I need. I actually used an Identical slab already, thinking the epoxy would protect it, but it only lasted a few months before the warping of the different slats made it unpresentable, so I tossed it. This time around, I'd like to get some serious lifespan out of the table (seeing as how it's so pretty). I was thinking of some kind of finish that will penetrate a bit, followed by the pour-on epoxy, with a few topcoats of spar urethane (for UV/extra protection). What would y'all recommend? Thanks, Easy