DIY Resin River Table Using Clear Epoxy Casting Resin And Wood

- Jul 10, 2020-

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.