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Old 11-29-2011, 12:47 AM   #1
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My wife came up with the idea to put some vintage post cards on the bar top and then seal it with shellac. For all the wood workers out there, is this the best way to put something like post card on the bar top where they won't be damaged??? Or should I look at epoxy???

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Old 11-29-2011, 12:53 AM   #2
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Epoxy, Kleer Koat Table Top Epoxy to be specific. Not Shellac.

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Old 11-29-2011, 12:59 AM   #3
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A self leveling epoxy would ensure that you don't have any high spots where the postcards are and give you an easy glass finish. Only down side is you have to work fast to ensure it doesn't set up before your finished. You can get the same results with a polyurethane but it takes alot more work. When i build my poker tables I get a glass finish with polyurethane but it takes at least a dozen coats with sanding in between followed by a final sanding down to 1500 grit, then 0000 steel wool. Then a final buffing with an automotive buffing compound.

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How about having a piece of glass cut to the appropriate dimensions, then sealing the edges to prevent beer/water from getting underneath it? Be easier, I would think. May break easier would be the only downfall I see from going that route.

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it will break easier, probably scratch easier, and is more expensive.

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More expensive? I would never have guessed that! But I have never purchased a piece of glass, and depending on size, I suppose it would be a pretty penny. I have a sneaking suspicion that I would find a way to screw up the epoxy, and be left with a complete disaster...

Oh, and by the way nukinfutz29, are you stalking me??? I seem to keep running into you on these threads!

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I thought about going the glass route without doing any sealing. That way I could change the post cards out if I wanted.

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Not stalking, just trolling

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Haha! Im gonna start a new trend (LTT = Love to Troll)!

I like the glass idea, and changing out the postcards would be cool. Guess it just depends on some factors... i.e. how crazy your drinking friends are, how hard you and said drinking friends are on things, cost, ability to change it, etc.

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you may not be aware that shellac is water soluble.... i'd try a test run with a few worthless(ish) postcards. poly them to the tray to test how many coats. start with a few heavy coats.

or, do you have a spray gun setup?

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