If you’ve ever thought about making a table out of epoxy resin, this article is for you! Epoxy resin tables are incredibly durable and can be made to look like almost any material.
With the right tools and materials, anyone can make their own unique epoxy resin table in as little as one day.
Can you make a tabletop out of epoxy?
Yes, you can make a table out of epoxy resin. Epoxy resin is a great way to protect the wood and give it a finished look. It’s also very easy to use and you can create any shape or style that you want.
Epoxy resin table tops are made by pouring liquid epoxy into a mold that has been created by placing objects inside the mold (such as twigs). The liquid hardens quickly and then sets up completely in about 24 hours, after which time it becomes solid enough to use as a tabletop.
Table of Contents
What do I need to make an epoxy resin table?
A couple of basic power tools are helpful. A drill with a 3/16″ bit, or a larger and smaller hand-held circular saw will both get the job done. You’ll also need some sandpaper to smooth your table once it’s dried out, which can be purchased at any hardware store or a craft store like Michaels or JoAnn’s Fabrics.
If you plan on making more than one table, then invest in an orbital sander—it’ll save you tons of time!
Epoxy resin comes in two parts: resin and hardener (or catalyst). It’s important that you follow instructions carefully when mixing these two substances together because if they aren’t mixed properly then your table could fail during cure time (which is about 12 hours) or even worse—explode! It’s best practice not only for personal safety but also for creating a good product that holds up over time.
Which wood is best for epoxy resin table?
In order to make the best epoxy resin table, you need to choose a type of wood that will hold up well in the water and chemicals. While there are many types of wood that can be used for this project, here are some tips for selecting the best type:
- Select a hardwood with knots and cracks—you don’t have to pick out all of these imperfections, but it’s good to know where they are so you can fill them in with epoxy resin later on. The same goes for loose bark; if any comes off during sanding or painting, just glue it back onto your table with a superglue or glue stick before finishing your piece.
- Choose the right thicknesses—thicker boards may warp when submerged in water due to their added weight (think about how much more stable a thick plank feels compared to an equally long one made from thin planks). Make sure you choose thick enough pieces so they won’t bend too easily while working with them; however don’t use anything thicker than 2″ (51 mm) because it won’t dry as quickly due to too much moisture content!
How much epoxy do I need for a table top?
The amount of epoxy needed for a project depends on the surface area of the table top and the thickness of the epoxy layer.
It is recommended to have at least a couple of layers of epoxy to ensure a strong and durable table top. The table below displays some general guidelines for how much epoxy you will need, but keep in mind that these are just rough estimates:
- For small projects (4′ x 4′, 2-3″ thick), about 6-10 ounces is sufficient for one layer
- For medium projects (6′ x 4′, 2-3″ thick), about 16 ounces is sufficient for one layer
- For large projects (7′ x 5′, 3″ thick), over 24 ounces may be required if using multiple layers
How do you pour resin on a table top?
The first thing you have to do is mix your resin. This can be done in a number of ways, but the easiest way is to get a plastic container (or two), pour some resin into one of them, and then mix it with the hardener. The second container will be used to store the mixed resin while you work on pouring it onto your table top.
Once you’ve poured both parts into one container, you’re ready to pour your first layer! This can be tricky because epoxy gets really hot when it cures (this means it will get hard).
If any part of the table breaks during this process, don’t worry; just make sure that nothing else breaks before or after this step so that there aren’t any jagged edges where things can stick together while curing.
Now comes spreading out some resin everywhere on top of your wood surface with a brush or roller or whatever tool seems appropriate for your project needs here; make sure not too much though because this stuff dries fast and sticks like crazy!”
How do you use epoxy resin on wood for beginners?
If you’re new to working with epoxy resin, here’s how to use it on wood for beginners.
- Mix the resin and hardener together in a clean container, then add pigments if desired (we used gold powder). Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions for mixing your product, as they vary by brand. We recommend using an eyedropper or syringe to get an even mix of both parts of the resin before adding any pigment.
- Set your wood face up on a flat surface such as a table or workbench and pour the mixed epoxy over it until each side is covered with about 1/4″ (6mm) thick layer of resin; this will give you enough depth for some texture later down the road! You can also pour it into shallow pans made from acrylic so that when chilling out later in step 5 below this won’t be necessary anymore because everything will become more viscous anyway due to evaporation during curing time which makes removing bubbles much easier than before just by running fingers over them quickly while applying pressure upwards against whatever they may be attached too so long as there aren’t too many tiny ones under which case we would recommend blowing them off instead since heat would damage any paper underneath if used improperly like never ever!!
How do I make a mold for my epoxy resin table?
If you are planning to make a table out of epoxy resin, the most important thing to consider is the mold. You need to make sure that the mold will be strong enough for whatever size table you want and that it’s going to be easy for you to use when making your furniture piece.
In order to do this, you’re going to need a vacuum sealer machine like one from FoodSaver or Weston.
These machines are often used by people who make their own sausages or cured meats at home using natural casings (the skin of animals). They allow them to create very specific shapes with ease and without breaking any of their fingers in the process!
While these machines aren’t necessarily cheap—at least compared with regular food processors or blenders—they are worth every penny when it comes time to creating molds for epoxy resin projects like tables and chairs because they work so effectively at keeping everything together while allowing air bubbles out without compromising structural integrity during production runs (or even just one-off pieces).
You’ve now learned how to make a table out of epoxy resin. This can be used as a great way to store items inside your house or even as a decorative piece for the living room.
You’ll have plenty of space to put all of your things on it and you won’t need any type of glue or nails in order for it to stay together.
You will be able to see that this project is simple but also very effective, making this an excellent option if you want something that’s going to last long and look good while doing so.