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Into the Groove: Reparing a Table Top – Part 1

There is a design flaw in our dinning table. It is the right size and shape, extends to accommodate large parties and is hard wearing but it has a groove. Like most things in our house it is from a second hand shop so the surface needs a bit of TLC and I didn’t really notice the groove when we bought it. Now it drives me mad – it’s the perfect place for crumbs, rice and stray play dough to fall into leaving me no choice but to vacuum the table. Who wants to vacuum a table? This is how I set about repairing a table top.

Close up of table top with groove before I started repairing
Decorative food trap!
vacuuming the crumbs out of the groove
Is this normal?

My brilliant designer friend Charlie Cridlan (she makes everything beautiful) had suggested that I fill the gap with an epoxy resin so I thought I would try. Here’s how it went…

Evostick epoxy resin here we go!
Evo-stik resin here we go!

I got this from B&Q but they probably sell it in most big DIY stores. You have to squirt both tubes into the mixing dish, mix and apply with the spatula provided. It’s only possible to do a tiny bit at a time as it dries super quickly and it is quite messy.

epoxy resin all over the table top (doesn't look like I'm repairing it)
This was as neat as I could get it.

TOP TIP: My mum called when I was working on this and I did get one of my fingers stuck to the phone. Warm water and washing up liquid for ‘lightly stuck’ and nail varnish remover for ‘s**t I’m really stuck!’ is quicker and less humiliating than trip to A&E.

Anyway, I ran out of resin about half way through so back to B&Q where I spotted this little gem which is the same thing but with a clever devise which mixes it before it comes out, bonus! They give you two nozzles as once you stop squeezing the glue hardens in under a minute rendering it unusable.

unibond repair epoxy
Unibond and it’s nifty device.
Epoxy resin neatly applied to the table top
Much neater!

This was much less messy to apply but you get less product for about the same price as the Evo-stik so I needed two tubes to complete the job.

With the groove filled I was now left with a table that was covered in glue. I tried bleach, a scraper, light sanding pads, my fingernails, commanding it! There was no option I was going to have to sand it off so out came my trusty electric sander and I got to work.

I went though quite a few pads as the glue tended to gunk them up but it did come off and a just before the kids went to bed I stood back and surveyed my hard work…

table top sanded and half way through repairing
Well I got the glue off!

After a day repairing a table top I got on with the bedtime routine. As I kissed my little girl goodnight she looked at me with her big eyes and said, “Have you ruined the table mummy?” to which I replied, “Yes sweetheart, I think I have.”

table top sanded
What did I do that for?

To be continued…

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    December 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm

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