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Ok, random question. I've got some leftover plywood from a cork project, and I want to turn it into a giant table sized "hex" board, but I want the dry-erase feature. If I coat it with my environmental tech resin stuff, can I then do dry erase on top of that? Will it work well enough as a varnish layer, or do I need to do some sort of varnish/shellac? Or is there another water effect/pour that works better?I guess I can test it out, but i thought I'd ask first! thanks!!!

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Corporea,

 

The link below is for the 4'x8' of white board I use for a dry erase table top. I attached it to a 4'x8' sheet of plywood with contact cement. Realitivly cheap at $11.00 or so a sheet.

 

http://www.lowes.com/pd_16605-46498-300_4294715699__?productId=3015239&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo=

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If the Envirotex dries anything like the Woodland Scenics, then you won't really be able to do dry erase on top, you'd need to coat it. The clear plumbers silicon (most any hardware store has it, about $3 USD), will work...sort of. We tried it, but had a number of issues cleaning it off. It can get pretty rough in places, so you'll need to sand it smooth, which can be tricky.

 

We actually ended up just printing off a bunch of 8.5x11 pages and getting them laminated. Works great.

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thanks!!!

Corporea,

 

Any rumors you have heard, about working with contact cement, are true. Make sure the two coated surfaces do not make contact, prior to being ready to make the final placement. Any contact no matter how light or incidental means an instant bond. I placed 2"x4" 's on the table top and placed the whiteboard on the 2"x4"'s, lining everything up. I then removed the 2"x4"'s carefully.

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I looked into that stuff at one point Qwylsilver. It was rather expensive as I recall. It covered 12sqft and cost $20. To cover a 4'x8' sheet of plywood you would need 3 kits for a total of $60. But it is most definately a cool product.

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Depending on what you want to spend, you could also look to get some sheet acrylic, polycarbonate, lexan or even glass. Paint the plywood the color you want. Draw in your hex grid pattern. Lay the sheet over it. Play on a nice smooth surface. If you're using full sheets of plywood (4'x8') you'd probably need two sheets of whatever material you use.

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