Hey guys, I am new here and would like to thank you for the opportunity. I have been kicking around a cutting board project for about two years now, really a pizza peel made from re-claimed red oak at a pizza restruant I used to work for. Thinking I could give the first as a gift to the owner, and make more for them to sell...
I did an awesome job gluing up my boards making sure to alternate them as the piece is 19" wide X 20" long X 5/8" thick minus the handle. Anyways, the piece has been flat, I mean darn near perfectly flat for 2 years. After several unsuccesful attempts to steam and bend wood to fit into the circular dado's, which is another story, I finally got fed up and decided to just to fill it in with pourable epoxy. After looking at Mirror Coat I decided I didn't want to spend that much money for this plain sawn ordinary red oak peel, maybe for the quarter sawn white oak barn beam
I would make in the future... after talking with my Dad, he sold me on trying Polyurathane. I got a half pint at my local hardware store
. I brought my peel from the woodshop to my apartment, we are tight on space in the shop, I am at the shop only on weekends, and the dust free environment would be great, oddly my Fiancee didn't mind, after her constant rejections to my begging of a work bench in the spare bedroom, I keep telling her, "only hand tools, honey, I promise!". After a few hours of chiseling & scraping out the burn marks, and lots of vacuuming, I had something ready to pour. I set my peice up on the desk that I made from some of the same wood and the AWESOME quarter sawn barn beams.
I started pouring at 7PM, going slowly following my circles I was only able to get 2.5 of the 5 rings "filled" and I ran out about 7:45 or so. I spent the next hour spreading it out, and doing what I thought was re-leveling. I gave up, thinking I'll just scrape the excess off, get more tomorrow and continue. at 10:45 pm I checked on it, something was WAY WRONG! the poly was falling to the sides only, not the front or back, but the SIDES! I attempted once again to spread, but it only re-pooled to the edges.
After work the next day it looked like a half moon, I put it on the linoleum to see just how much, 5/8" difference from center to edge, this thing is only 19" wide! My question is: Why? Could the Poly have warped it downwards? I could understand upwards, but not down wards! Could there be that quick of a moisture difference from my parents garage humidity???? to my apartment ranging from 39-51%.
I would appreciate all feedback, Thanks.