You’ve probably seen these epoxy resin river tables all over the interwebs. I can see why! These wood and resin creations are simply beautiful.
They’re also a surprisingly easy project for anyone with intermediate DIY skills, and relatively cheap to make. In this article, I’ll walk you through every step of the process so that you can make your very own epoxy river table!
This guide will take you from beginning to end in making an epoxy river table.
I’ll talk about:
- What supplies are necessary to make an epoxy resin table
- How to cut the wood for your table
- How to prepare both the wood and the epoxy before pouring it into your mold
- How to pour the epoxy into your mold
How do you pour clear epoxy resin?
- Prepare your work area
- Prepare your epoxy
- Pour your epoxy
- Allow your epoxy to cure
What do you pour epoxy resin in?
Once you’ve decided how much resin you’ll need, it’s time to find out what surface you’re going to pour it on. You want a smooth, non-porous surface for your resin design.
Some good options include glass, metal, and plastic. If you really want to use wood as a base for your resin design, make sure it has a sealant on it.
Now that you know what kind of surface your resin will sit on and how much of the material you need, let’s talk about containers.
Epoxy can be very picky when it comes to what kinds of containers you pour it into! As long as the container is non-porous (meaning water won’t soak into it), then things like silicone molds, glass dishes, and plastic containers are great options!
Make sure your container is big enough for the amount of epoxy that needs to be poured into it so there’s no overflow.
How do you make resin perfectly clear?
You are ready to pour your resin! But wait, what? It’s cloudy? How can you make it perfectly clear? Here are some tips that will teach you how to make crystal clear epoxy every time.
- Use a Clear Epoxy Resin
The first thing that you need to do when learning how to make crystal clear epoxy is to use a clear epoxy. You don’t want any colorants in your resin, or it won’t come out with that perfect crystal clear finish.
- Don’t Use Silicone Molds
When we say don’t use silicone molds, this means avoiding using silicone molds for colored resins and e-resins. These products require the decorative elements (colorants) and the resin to be mixed together at once, which is not needed with casting resins like ArtResin or other casting epoxies.
Instead of needing to mix all the ingredients together at once, these products allow each component to be added separately – so adding colorant is optional!
Of course, we recommend using our Color Pigments and Mica Powders as they were designed specifically for ArtResin and they offer vibrant color saturation without affecting transparency – but if you want your piece totally transparent…don’t add any color!
How do you use clear resin?
The most common uses of clear resin are primarily for the creation of casting and molding. If you want to create something out of resin, then you need to know how it’s used. Here are some examples:
- A person wants to use a piece of wood, plastic, or metal in their work that is already covered in clear epoxy resin, but they first need to remove all the old epoxy and then apply new epoxy so that the new epoxy can be used on the piece. This is called casting.
- Another person wants to make something out of clay that needs a layer of clear resin over it. They will use a mold to create a thin layer of clay over the item before applying clear epoxy over it with a brush or other tool. This is called molding.
How do you mix and pour epoxy resin?
When preparing to mix and pour your resin you need three things:
- Measuring cups for your resin, hardener, and additives.
- A mixing container. This can be a spare measuring cup or something that is easy to clean like a plastic condiment cup from the grocery store. You can also use a disposable paper or plastic cup, but these are less ideal because they are not as sturdy. It is important that the mixing container has straight sides so you can scrape the resin down the sides of it when you mix it.
- A tool to stir the resin with. You can use any number of tools such as a wooden craft stick, an inexpensive paint stirrer (like those pictured below), or even an old gift card! Wooden craft sticks and gift cards both have some flexibility which helps remove air bubbles once all ingredients are combined while paint stirrers are nice because they are long enough to reach the bottom of most mixing containers so you don’t miss any unmixed product in the bottom corners
How do you pour epoxy resin without bubbles?
- Use a heat gun. This is the most commonly used method to remove bubbles from epoxy resin, and it’s also the one I use for my own large projects. Hold the gun about 6 inches from the surface of your piece and run it over the entire surface. The bubbles will rise up and pop as you go. Be careful not to get too close or you can scorch the wood with your heat gun!
- Use a vacuum chamber. Vacuum chambers are great for getting rid of bubbles because they work by applying vacuum pressure to your project inside a sealed container (the chamber). You can find inexpensive chambers online that range in size from table-top models to industrial sizes that fit under a garage door (the one I use is shown above).
How do beginners use resin?
Resin is not difficult to use, but it requires a certain amount of trial and error. Many beginners think the more expensive resin will be easier to use, but this is not true.
The most important thing is that you understand the basics of pouring and curing, as well as why it’s important to carefully follow the directions on the label of your resin package.
Here are some key points:
- There are many different types of resin available on the market today. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages for each project, so it’s vital that you do proper research before purchasing any kind of epoxy or polyester resin system.
- It’s often better to start with an inexpensive resin kit rather than trying something too advanced right away. This will allow you to gain confidence in using your new product without spending too much money.
How thick can you pour clear epoxy resin?
The short answer is that you can pour up to a maximum thickness of 1/8 in.
Some brands and types of resin may allow you to pour up to a maximum thickness of 1/4 inch, but remember that they are not all the same.
You should always check with the manufacturer’s instructions if you are unsure. If your project requires a thicker pour than what is recommended, it is best to do so in stages.
Now you know the basics of how to pour a mold with clear epoxy resin. It’s easy, fun, and rewarding!
Remember, if you’re looking for products that are solid and reliable, always shop B.A.S.F. The materials we use in our products are absolutely the best available anywhere!
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