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This is about how to make live edge boards into epoxy resin cutting boards! However really, any boards will do. I’m using some air dried walnut and total boat epoxy with black diamond pigments to make these live edge epoxy cutting boards.
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1. Prepare the wood.
After they were planed, I got rid of the bark, cut the boards to length, and divided them down the middle. This developed the 2 sides for each cutting board.
My boards were pretty rough, so I had to mill them. I utilized a planer sled to get a flat face and then planed the opposite side.
2. Build a mold.
To make sure the epoxy won’t stick to it, I covered the entire thing in tuck tape. If there’s anywhere for the epoxy to get out, it will!
The mold was basically a bottom piece, and after that side pieces screwed to the bottom piece and each other to create chambers around the boards.
3. Mix and put epoxy.
The most important thing is to expect leaks, and be sure to follow the epoxy mixing directions! If the ratio is off, or if it’s not blended all right. it will not cure appropriately!
Along the method I explore various epoxy pigments. Altering just how much pigment, blending pigments, and so on. there’s a great deal of creativity to be had here!
I knew I would use a great deal of epoxy to do three boards, however not how much. In total I ended up blending 64 ounces for these three boards. I began with 32 ounces, which I understood would not suffice. After the very first board, I had a great concept how much epoxy I would utilize.
4. Sand and end up the boards.
I understood I would use a lot of epoxy to do 3 boards, but not how much. In total I ended up mixing 64 ounces for these three boards. After the first board, I had an excellent idea how much epoxy I would utilize.
This is about how to make live edge boards into epoxy resin cutting boards! I’m using some air dried walnut and total boat epoxy with black diamond pigments to make these live edge epoxy cutting boards.
Finally, the boards got a mineral oil bath! They were enabled to soak for a day, and after that I rubbed out the excess.
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To get the clarity back to the epoxy I used a micro mesh pad kit and wet sanded through all the grits.
After the epoxy had lots of time to cure, I removed the boards from the mold and began flattening them. I used my drum sander, but a hand sander would be fine.
It’s essential to go sluggish, sanding builds heat which can turn the epoxy into a gummy mess and obstruct the paper. In hindsight, it would have been better to leave the boards and bit thick and underfill the epoxy somewhat, then sand the wood to satisfy the epoxy – instead of sanding the epoxy down to the board.