Epoxy is a resin that has two parts: A liquid, called the “resin” and a hardener. The epoxy table is made with resin and hardener, which are mixed together to create a chemical reaction that causes the mixture to set up into a solid. There are many different types of epoxies available in various strengths and characteristics depending on how they’re used—epoxies can be used for sealing concrete floors, coating wood decks and fences, creating strong bonds between dissimilar materials (like metals), filling cracks in concrete walls, waterproofing boats or boat docks, etc.
For this project you will need an equal amount of clean sandpaper grits (220/320/400/800) plus one extra grit (1200). You’ll also need an epoxy adhesive such as J-B Weld [or any other brand] or Loctite Epoxy Adhesive High Strength Concrete Repair Kit; gloves; eye protection; mixing pan or glass container; stirring stick for mixing small batches at once; disposable brushes for applying the adhesive to your table top boards if necessary
How do I start making an epoxy table?
- Cover everything. Before you begin, make sure to protect your work area and wear gloves and safety glasses.
- Prepare the table for epoxy resin. If you’re using a plywood table top, make sure it is sealed with polyurethane or another sealer; this will help protect your tabletop from moisture and prevent warping during curing process.
- Use a respirator when working with epoxy resin! The fumes aren’t particularly harmful, but they can be irritating to those with respiratory issues or allergies to certain chemicals (like me). You don’t want to breathe them in because they’ll just make you feel sick without doing much else besides being annoying when they get stuck in your nose hairs or throat—and nobody wants that!
How do I prepare my table for epoxy resin?
- Remove any dirt or dust from the table.
- Sand the tabletop with 180-grit sandpaper to make sure it’s smooth and ready for epoxy resin.
- Clean the tabletop with mineral spirits, cleaning wipes, or a tack cloth. A tack cloth is a soft mop used to collect dust particles before painting begins so that they don’t interfere with the finish of your paint job. It’s important to use this tool because even very small amounts of dirt can cause major problems while you’re preparing your table for epoxy resin!
- Apply a primer on top of your sanded surface before adding an epoxy coat. This will ensure that all surfaces are covered in case there are some areas where primer didn’t stick as well as others due to uneven surfaces or other imperfections in how it was applied initially; if not done correctly then these areas could show through after applying an epoxy coating which would ruin everything we’ve just worked so hard on getting perfect!
How much does it cost to epoxy a table?
The cost of the epoxy itself is the largest expense, and it’s not too bad. You can buy a gallon of epoxy from your local hardware store for around $50, so if you’re only doing your table top, one gallon will be more than enough. The other main expense is the time involved in mixing and applying all that epoxy—you’ll need to plan on spending at least an afternoon on this project.
Depending on how detailed your table design is (or how messy yours gets), it may be helpful to do some sanding before applying the epoxy—but keep in mind that most sanders use electricity, which means another cost associated with getting started!
What happens if I deep pour table top epoxy?
Deep pouring epoxy requires a careful mix of hardener and resin. If you are not careful, it can get really hot and go off before you’re ready. This can make the surface of your table sticky or even unusable. If you are working with an experienced professional, they will know how to handle these situations but if you are doing this yourself and don’t want any trouble, keep reading!
To avoid this problem from happening in the first place, make sure that both components (hardener & resin) are mixed properly before adding to your table top mixture. The best way for me to explain this is by showing some pictures:
What do I need for epoxy table?
To start an epoxy table, you will need:
- Epoxy resin and hardener
- Mixing cups and sticks (you can use disposable plastic cups)
- Gloves (optional but recommended for cleanliness) for mixing the epoxy resin and hardener together
The most important thing to remember is that you must use a ratio of 1 part hardener to 100 parts resin. The other materials are optional and may be improvised if you don’t have them.
Some tools that are highly recommended include:
What tools do you need to make an epoxy table?
If you’re going to make an epoxy table, you’ll need a lot of supplies and tools. First off, if you don’t have a table saw, get one! It’s the most important tool for this project. You’ll also need some basic carpentry tools: a drill (with bits), hammer, and screwdriver.
Next up are the materials—you’ll need epoxy resin and hardener in two different colors (you can use any brand). Add in some pigment to give your resin different colors or textures at the end of this guide for ideas on what colors will look good together. If possible, get disposable gloves and cups so that everything is safe from chemicals when working with them (especially if your kids are helping). You’ll also need mixing sticks; these are used so that everyone gets just enough resin onto their brush when they paint it on the wood before applying epoxy over top of it
What do you put on wood before epoxy?
If your table is made of wood, you need to seal the surface with epoxy before you can apply the polyurethane. Apply a coat of epoxy and allow it to dry completely before sanding the surface down until it’s smooth. Then apply a coat of varnish or polyurethane to give your table a glossy finish.
Once that has dried completely, you’ll want to apply another layer of rust inhibitor if desired (or just wait until after all other coats have been applied). This helps keep moisture out and preserves the original color for longer periods of time
Should I seal wood before epoxy?
If you have wood that has been stained or painted and you want to apply an epoxy coating, you must first clean the surface. You can use a simple cleaner, such as Murphy’s Oil Soap or Krud Kutter, but this will not remove waxes from end-grain surfaces.
For end grain surfaces that have been sealed with waxes and oils, use a solvent-based cleaner like Citristrip (available at home centers). This will remove most of these coatings but may require multiple applications. If the wood is still sticky after applying the stripper solution give it time to penetrate into the grain before wiping away excess residue with a lint-free cloth or paper towel dampened with mineral spirits. When using chemical strippers on sealed surfaces always test them in an inconspicuous area first to make sure they don’t damage your project materials or equipment.*
After you’ve mixed the resin and catalyst together, it’s time to apply it to your table. Once again, I’d recommend using a brush or roller for this step. Just like with preparing your work area, it can be helpful to have someone else help out with this process while you’re working on something else (or take a break yourself).
Now that you’ve spread out your epoxy resin over the top of your wood surface and let it sit for 12 hours (or so), what’s next?
Once your project has cured enough so that it no longer feels tacky or sticky—but not yet hard—you can sand away any imperfections in order for them not to be visible later down the road. If anything does stick up too high after sanding, use some water along with some fine grit sandpaper (150 grit should do) and lightly wet-sand until smooth again.