Live-Edge Resin River Tables are beautiful pieces of furniture and highly sought after and with the right planning and skills can be created by experienced wood workers and DIY'ers.
Step 1: What We'll Need: Preparation and Materials
The Products and Materials used in the project:
GlassCast® 50 clear epoxy resin / Wood - English Yew - with a waney edge / Translucent Tinting Pigments - we used blue / Tape - flash/release and double-sided / Polypropylene Sheet / Polishing Compound and Oil (or similar) / Tools - various / Abrasives / Spreader & Mixing sticks / Mixing Cups & Mixing Buckets / Epoxy Adhesive / Safety Equipment / Hot-Melt Glue-Gun / Digital Scales
Step 2: Choosing and Preparing the Wood
When choosing your wood you need to make sure that the wood is seasoned, dry and as flat as possible.
The style and type of the wood is a personal choice - although interesting grains and waney-edges work best for this type of project.
Step 3: Sealing the Wood and Filling the Knots
Next you need to check for cracks, knotholes and gaps on both the top and bottom of the pieces of wood and fill these with resin to seal them.
Measure and mix a small amount of resin and pour into any gaps - make sure you check on this after a few hours to see if it needs topping up as the wood will probably absorb some of the resin.
Step 4: Creating a Container
Now position your slabs of wood and allow for your river channel so you can make a container around the whole table slab - this will support the resin whilst pouring and curing (the river).
Step 5: Resin - Measuring, Adding Colour and Pouring
Personal taste will dictate whether or not you choose to tint or colour your resin or leave it clear.
Measuring & Colouring
Following the instructions measure or weigh out the resin - enough for the total project to ensure consistentcy.
Step 6: Pour Base Layer and Allow to Reach the B-Stage
We advise pouring a base layer to seal the underside of the wood - this will help to minimise air bubbles during the main pour.
Make sure the resin completely covers the whole base area
Place the wood planks back into the correct position on top of the resin
Using a brush seal the waney-edge and top surface with resin including filling any knots, splits or cracks
Step 7: Pour River Layer 1
Step 8: Pour River Layer 2
Step 9: Routing & Sanding
Step 10: Polishing
To finish off the table you will need to seal the wood - you can choose the look you want to achieve - we used a clear Danish Oil and rubbed it in using a lint free wipe, then allowed it to soak in and dry.
Step 11: That's How We Make a Live-Edge Epoxy Resin River Table!
That's how we made our Resin River Table!
You can see from the images that the river is so glossy.