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    Hi all,

    First time poster long time reader.

    I have a tasmanian oak table top i was finishing under my patio which is 99% of the time dry. To my horror with in about 30 minutes its gone from bone dry to soaked as it looks like patio sheet above is leaking 🥵

    i ran out moved it into the laundry and used big towels to pat dry much water up as i could.

    it hadnt been sealed yet as that was going to happen this weekend. I can see some of the timbermate putty and bled out at least the epoxy is still good is this a lost cause and should be resigned to firewood? the side facing down was still dry

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    Any pics?

    Once it's properly dried out, you might be able to get away with planing/sanding the top down a bit to get to a fresh surface. It's at least worth a try, you certainly won't make it any worse.

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    Thanks for the reply, your right! nothing to lose at this point. First bench top i learned the lesson of make sure you mix epoxy RIGHT! 2nd one i've learned don't get it wet! It has raised the grain so to speak

    Here is some pics about 30 minutes after

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    Doesn't look that bad at all, just a sand and you should be fine.

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    Thanks for the reply

    how long should it be left to dry out on average? 2-3 weeks?

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    A couple of hours in the sun will do it . On a hot day half an hour or less. A workshop with quick access to direct sunlight is a massively powerful free furniture dryer.


    For large things in winter . Or to big to get outside when there is no sun.
    I cook tops dry in 5 minutes with metho and a match . I might have to light it up three or four times . I go through a liter of metho roughly .
    The first wipe down and light up its a slow burn . Second is a bit faster , third time the top is hot and the whole thing lights up in a flash at once .
    If you try that Id recommend starting small with a half square meter at a time .
    And of course take every caution you can .

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    Thanks for the reply i let it dry indoors over the last few days and the airtemp was up today outside, it looks like its dried out quite well with not warping or cracking yet and after a quick sand its come up quite smooth again, disaster averted.

    I have noticed some slight splitting on an edge where it was cut down so i'll need to epoxy fill but all in all i think it should come out well!

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