As part of the USDA/State inspected meat processing facility (a.k.a. the butcher shop) we must provide an office for the inspector with a desk and locking file cabinet where they can do paperwork and such. Today I applied the coatings of clear resin epoxy to the 1.5″ thick plywood to seal it so it is sanitary and easily cleaned. It came out beautifully.
The epoxy resin I used is the same material you may have seen on bar tops, counters and restaurant tables. Easy to clean and very attractive. It gives a wet look to the wood which highlights the colors of the grain.
The wood is actually old forms from building the butcher shop. Reuse, repurpose, recycle. The screw holes, knots and other flaws are all filled by the epoxy and actually look quite interesting where as before the epoxy they were rough flaws in the surface that would have made writing difficult.
I’ve seen many counter tops and table tops where the establishment put paintings, burlap coffee bags, post cards and other objects in the clear resin epoxy. It makes the table top attractive and interesting to look at. I did an experimental one with some coins and dried false clover that came out very well. I’m thinking of putting in post cards and maybe some coins in this desktop.
I won’t do that layer until August so that gives you a chance to send in a postcard from your part of the world to be included in the butcher shop at Sugar Mountain Farm. Someone already sent me some Irish coins that I’m planning to put in the epoxy resin. It would be fun to have items from around the United States and around the world. I’ve got about six square feet to work with so plenty of space.
To have your post card, picture or other thin objects like coins considered for inclusion, mail them to arrive by August 15th 2015:
Sugar Mountain Farm
252 Riddle Pond Road
West Topsham, VT 05086 USA
I’ll pick the best candidates to encapsulate for prosperity in the inspector’s desk!
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