Mirror Coat. This self leveling, two-part epoxy topcoat produces a clear, smooth,
glossy coating that’s hard, scratch resistant, and impervious to alcohol.
My kitchen table takes a beating between homework, meals, and being
used as a general purpose work surface. When it came time to refinish it,
I wanted something durable and protective that would let the wood grain
show through. Mirror Coat seemed the perfect solution, but epoxy and
I don’t always get along. (I was concerned about the consequences
if I screwed up.) Actually, the process could not have been easier.
Instructions for figuring the amount needed, surface prep, mixing,
and application were very clear, and the application went off
without a hitch. Now, my kitchen tabletop is not only bomb-proof
but beautiful. The 11/2" pt. kit covers approximately 4.8 sq. ft.
#143153 1½ pt kit, $36.50
#143154 1½ qt kit, $63.50
#148352 3 qt kit, $102.99
Woodcraft Tester: Kent Harpool
Pinnacle has designed its new Premium Coping
Sled with safety, accuracy, and efficiency in mind.
Features include a ridged 18" aluminum fence,
three T-slot hold-downs to clamp stock, and a
standard dimension phenolic guide bar to ensure
smooth operation even in aluminum miter tracks.
Also, the sled offers a variety of offset positions
for the guide bar via several pre-drilled holes, and
a simple fence stop allows for repeatable cuts.
When I gave the Pinnacle Premium Coping Sled
a test run, I especially liked the way it allowed me
to keep my hands farther away from the spinning
router bit as well as the ability to hold a backer
board tight against the workpiece for tear-out free
Woodcraft Tester: Peter Collins
Mirlon Total is a new fine finishing and surface preparation product
from Mirka Abrasives that I especially like because the 4-1/2 × 9" pads
are only 1/8" thick, making them extremely flexible. Mirlon pads are
made from cut fi bers coated with resin and abrasive, giving them
a three-dimensional structure that has depth and flexibility unlike a
piece of regular, flat sandpaper. In comparison to its competitors, the
Mirlon pad measures half the thickness, and features stronger, more
flexible fi bers with a denser coating. According to Mirka, Mirlon Total
provides a more consistent scratch pattern and lasts longer. The
pads are available in 360, 1500, and 2500 grits.
I fi rst used Mirlon Total when finishing a cabinet for housing
some electronic equipment. The flexibility of these pads made it
easy to get into contoured areas such as trim. Unlike conventional
sandpaper, I was able to use both sides of each pad. I then tried it
while turning a spindle and was again impressed with the results on
the irregular surfaces. You can even extend the useful life of each
pad by simply blowing air through the open strands to remove
360 grit, 3 pack, $5.99
1500 grit, 3 pack, $5.99
2500 grit, 3 pack, $5.99
assorted grit, 3 pack, $5.99
Woodcraft Tester: Tim Righter