HOW TO MAKE A RIVER TABLE WITH RESIN AND WOOD (LIVE EDGE)
Are you looking for the materials and instructions to create your wood and resin table?
In this article, you will read step by step all the steps and tips to avoid mistakes!
But let’s start at the beginning: what exactly is a resin-wood “river-like” table? The “river” model tables are wooden tables with a strip of coloured or transparent epoxy resin in the centre.
The edges, on the other hand, are made of rough wooden boards and are therefore irregular. That’s their main beauty!
These Resin and Wooden tables are often very expensive in store, but luckily you can create them easily too!
What do you need to build a Wood and Resin Table?
- – A rough wooden board (i.e. a “slice” of tree, planed and at least 2-3 cm thick)
- – Shiny Shield release film
- – Transparent epoxy resin RESINPRO
- – Coloured pigments (optional)– Due secchi per mescolare
- – A disposable brush
- – Sandpaper
- – Polishing kit and a polishing cloth
- – Epoxy resin and wood table: here’s the steps.
Step 1: Choose the right wood!
This step is the easiest, but it takes time…
To select the type of wood to create the “river” model table you have endless choices. From sturdy and regular to sinuous with many knots to a very narrow piece of wood.
Any defects or irregularities will be filled by the Transparent Epoxy resin! You can find these “slices” of tree at any carpenter or wood merchant!
If you have chosen the wood for your river table, it is time to prepare the piece. As a general rule, a slice of the trunk is then cut in half and the two pieces are separated creating a hole in the middle which will be filled with epoxy resin. This creates the “river”. Often the edges of the wood must be cut correctly to reach the right size.
If you want, you can eliminate irregularities with a sander. You can also remove (or keep) the bark: depends on the style! Take the time to do it for a perfect end result.
Step 2: Create a mould for Epoxy Resin
Now it is time to make a mould in which the pieces of wood will be placed and where the transparent epoxy resin will be poured.
The simplest is to make a laminated chipboard container. It is easy to saw and is available in larger sizes. If you don’t have the tools, ask a carpenter!
Then coat the inner surface with the easy-to-apply SHINY SHILED release film, which leaves the surface smooth and shiny and does not let the resin stick.
(Here is the link to learn more: https://resinpro.eu/product/release-film-glossy-shiny-shield-96cm-to-create-the-table/)
Then seal the joints with simple silicone, then remove the excesses.
Step 3: Wood preparation
Before doing the casting on the table, it is important to previously apply a generous epoxy coat with a brush or roller on the pieces of wood (at least the part in contact with the resin). This ensures that no air bubbles escape during the catalysis phase of the resin. Allow the epoxy resin to harden, sand lightly with a 120 grit sandpaper, then apply another coat of epoxy resin. These layers prevent air from escaping from the wood and becoming trapped in the casting. It is suggested to apply a lot of epoxy resin in this step.
Step 4: Epoxy Resin Casting
If the wood is well coated and hardened, it can be fixed in the mould. Glue it to the bottom by pouring 1-2 mm of transparent epoxy resin, otherwise you risk it coming to the surface!
Use the transparent epoxy resin RESINPRO, then pour layers up to 2-3 cm thick. If you want to pour thicker layers you can use EPOXYTABLE Epoxy Resin
(For castings up to 10 cm). – https://resinpro.eu/product/epoxytable-epoxy-resin-for-tables-5-kg/
If necessary, you can colour the resin first with Fluo pigments, Color Fun colouring pastes or SAHARA Metal Pigments.
Mix the resin and hardener thoroughly and add the desired pigments.
Stir gently for at least 3 minutes.
Pour the resin into the central vein and after 5-10 minutes pass the surface with a heat gun to eliminate the bubbles.
After polymerization, the table is ready for further processing. Once hardened, the epoxy resin can be cut, sanded and milled like normal wood.
Step 5: Apply the table legs
It’s time to prepare the legs of your wood and epoxy resin table. You can use metal or wood. A small amount of epoxy resin in the hole ensures that the screws or bolts do not come off.
Step 6: Polishing
If you have carefully followed all the steps to build a “river” table in wood and epoxy resin now you only have to polish the parts you scratched when sanding or cutting.
To polish the epoxy, first use sandpaper up to 3000 grit and then use a polishing paste specifically for plastics. On the website www.resinpro.it you can find a complete kit for polishing the resin.
Now you have your own river like table with resin and wood! Super cool and definitely a good conversation topic when you have guests! Do you want to know more or need more advice? Then contact us!
The photos in this article are objects made by our customers who have used RESINPRO products.