Please select your home edition
Edition
SW newsletters (top)

Raising the bar with Entropy Resins

by Jake Kavanagh 28 May 2019 04:00 PDT
Using Entropy Resins to make a new bar with a nautical theme for Wells Sailing Club © James Case

James Case has been a member of Wells Sailing Club since he was a child. "It's always had the same bar," he says, "but when the club decided to do a major refit, we decided to make a new bar with a nautical theme." Which is where his previous expertise as a self-employed boat builder (since 1986) came into play.

"I've always used WEST SYSTEM® epoxy," he explains, "rather than anything else. When I was trying to decide what to do with the bar I looked on YouTube and saw lots of video about fancy epoxy and river tables and the like. I thought 'I should be able to do that'. So I went to Marine Industrial and asked what they had. They stock ENTROPY RESINS® products, so I decided to give that a go."

Using Entropy Resins to make a new bar with a nautical theme for Wells Sailing Club - photo © James Case

James used ENTROPY RESINS CCR Resin and CCS Slow Hardener. The end result is simply stunning.

The sailing club's fleet is mainly 12square metre Sharpies an ex-Olympic class (1956) so it made sense to pick a few features of those to use in the bar's renovation. James' online voyaging inspired him to cast items into the design, so into the epoxy went an old cotton sail, and a selection of old boat fittings (pulleys and blocks) for a back drop, as well as a transom and a boat frame. The Wells Sailing Club logo is a reef knot so James made that a central feature using hardy hemp rope with whipped ends. It was this choice that added the extra depth to the casting, making it the last item to get covered in epoxy.

James made the back drop mould from a wooden frame covered with 3mm polypropylene sheet which allowed for a good release after the full cure. He sealed the joints using clear gorilla tape.

Using Entropy Resins to make a new bar with a nautical theme for Wells Sailing Club - photo © James Case

The framed back drop incorporated a rebate behind the casting, to hold a surrounding strip of dimmable LED lights to give a bright feature behind the bar which helps show off how totally amazing it looks.

The bar top is teak and holly plywood. According to James this is more often found as a feature flooring on smart yachts. He was keen to replicate the feeling of luxury.

American Oak has been laminated around the front of the bar using thickened WEST SYSTEM Epoxy.

Using Entropy Resins to make a new bar with a nautical theme for Wells Sailing Club - photo © James Case

As it was James' first-time using ENTROPY RESINS epoxy, he found it that it was fine on a flat surface, but it 'ran like a river' over the edges. "I had to refinish the front edge with a 2-pack varnish," he explains, "after taking it back. The flat surface top is pure ENTROPY RESINS epoxy, and I've learnt a lot in the process."

James renovates and builds traditional and wooden boats from his workshop in Wells-Next-The-Sea, a space he had to adapt for the bar build. "I sheeted a small area to retain the heat," he says. "Keeping the temperature up in any workshop is unusual. There was a lot of dust in the air too, and that was a challenge to keep the bar clean. Originally, I thought I'd just buy lots of ENTROPY RESINS epoxy. I needed lots and a bit more! But, the end result is beautiful."

Using Entropy Resins to make a new bar with a nautical theme for Wells Sailing Club - photo © James Case

James' top tips:

  • Read the product information thoroughly.
  • Remember that the cure time is there for a reason.
  • If you cast things make sure they don't float. (James pinned down the rope and mast using a combination of clamps and self-tapping screws to hold them in position for the first pour.)
  • Watch out for the volumes needed for thickness. If you're casing boat fittings you'll need lots of product for the depth.
  • Cast on a strong, level base this is especially important when you're working at depth.

Find your nearest stockist at wessexresins.co.uk/en/buy or entropyresins.com

See more stories and tips at epoxycraft.com/category/blog

Using Entropy Resins to make a new bar with a nautical theme for Wells Sailing Club - photo © James Case

Related Articles

Cheetah Marine story from 1989
A prototype catamaran was built using epoxy resin glue Cheetah Marine's prototype catamaran was built in 1989 on the Isle of Wight. Founder, Sean Strevens, built her with thin marine ply and WEST SYSTEM® epoxy, the original and best marine grade epoxy. Posted on 4 Jan
Building a wooden dinghy with epoxy resin part 1
Steve Goodchild talks us through the Stornoway 16 build, starting with the jig In part one of this series of how to build a wooden dinghy Steve Goodchild takes us through choosing a design, and making a jig for his Stornoway 16. Posted on 30 Dec 2019
Epoxy-related presents for sailors
There's a whole range of different packs you could give If you're looking for presents for sailors, take inspiration from George Isted's recent win. He's giving some of this mega-bundle of epoxy goodies as gifts; sharing the epoxy magic as Christmas presents for sailors in his life. Posted on 12 Dec 2019
Building an 18th century Gajeta part 9
Amazing beauty of an old wooden design built with modern epoxy resin As you'll know, we've run a series on the build of a wooden Gajeta with epoxy resin at the Betina Shipyard in Croatia. In this final instalment we look back at where she started and what she became. From 3D design to the final item. Posted on 15 Nov 2019
Moulding an oil drip tray with epoxy resin
Techniques used here are good practice for bigger projects The beauty of epoxy, says Jake Kavanagh, is that it makes a tough, non-shrinking connection between various angles of wood, ideal when you want to make a plug for a custom mould. Which is why he wrote this article on how to make a oil drip tray. Posted on 8 Nov 2019
Flying High
J-TEC Composites interviewed about use of Wessex Resins and Adhesives James Newman, J-TEC Composites, says his favourite part of making products is the final outcome, when he sees the face of the customer realising the part 'does what they want it to do'. Posted on 31 Oct 2019
Spirit of Sustainability
Spirit Yachts interviewed about use of Wessex Resins and Adhesives "We've used epoxy made by Wessex Resins since we started," says Nigel Stuart. "We've continued to use them ever since. We've looked at all the other resins and their backup but nothing compares. Wessex products do what it says on the tin. Posted on 22 Oct 2019
Simon Maguire's insights into the Exocet Moth
David Johnson of Wessex Resins talks to the Maguire Boats owner at the Southampton Boat Show Simon Maguire, owner Maguire Boats, giving a unique insight into the design of the lightweight, multiple title winning, Exocet Moth as he talks with David Johnson at Southampton International Boat Show 2019. Posted on 30 Sep 2019
Wessex Resins and Adhesives announces line-up
Guest speakers for Southampton International Boat Show Wessex Resins and Adhesives has announced the line-up of guest speakers for its 'in conversation with' day at Southampton International Boat Show 2019. Posted on 4 Sep 2019
Building an 18th century Gajeta part 8
Finishing touches made to old design built with modern epoxy In our latest instalment of the building of a replica of an 18th century Croatian Gajeta, ‘Lipa Moja' becomes the sum of her parts. Many hours of craftsmanship have resulted in a beautiful vessel that is ready to race. Posted on 27 Aug 2019
MBW newsletters (top)