With mesmerizing posts all tablex Instagram and Pinterest, I recently started getting more into using epoxy while woodworking. Once of the first things I noticed was the absurd price of epoxy tables. Reain much does it actually cost to make your own epoxy river table? Obviously, this is a huge range of financial cost, and money is only part of it. Before building your own you want to run through resi the factors in order to know if building is right for you. First, you want to ask yourself a LOT of questions, then I will try to tackle those to the best of my ability. You should be able to walk away from this article with a fairly accurate price of what your river table will cost. First, is this is a acn room table, coffee table, end table? How much epoxy do you need? What tools do you have? Finally, how much time do you have? The most noticeable and hardest to find piece of this puzzle, is the cost of the wood. If you have a supplier, and already know what type of wood you are going to pick, awesome!
Introduction: Resin Wood Coffee Table
So I have wanted to make one of these river tables that have been so popular out there lately. I started my search and found a few ideas, and trying to keep the cost down as much as possible. Epoxy is expensive!! In my search I found out that I could use a cheaper alternative, which would be bondo brand fiberglass resin. In the next few steps I will show you how to not make a river table, and the experience i had in making this project which went from river to looking more like a piece of bacon in my yard. Hope you enjoy. Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. Gather all materials and set up shop. I have had these pieces for over a year I milled them myself with a small chain saw mill. They worked great for this. They were a little warped from air drying. So I took them to the planner and made a few passes to get the. I then squared of the ends to get them ready to build my resin dam. I built a small box with a piece of melamine board and some scrap wood. I found that gorilla tape crystal clear worked amazing for this to make a strong dam. There are a lot of great people out there that are making these on a regular basis that are great resources on how to make your own dam. I used what I had and went on the cheap side of things. This was my big mistake, I do not have any photos of what happened in this step as I was dealing with the problems that occurred. So I mixed fiberglass resin as directed on can, with hardener and resin in a small mixing cup and made small batches as directed and began to pour in to river area of wood. I repeated this step a few times until it filled up to top of wood where I wanted it to.
Introduction: The Wrong Way to Make a River Table
I try to write posts covering frequently emailed questions… to save you time in emailing, and me time having to respond! This is what we can a win-win sitch! Truth be told, I wish someone would answer this question for ME! Be active on craigslist so you have an idea of what people are selling things for. Did you pull it out of a dumpster of off a burnpile? Did you inherit it from your granny? Did you buy stripper, wood putty, sandpaper, primer, paint, glaze and poly just for this one piece of furniture? All these things figure in. Bottom line? But I know people that have spreadsheets that log their hours, and actually give themselves and hourly amount of money and then add everything up at the end. I do however give this some consideration when pricing a piece. If I spent tons of time doing tedious painting, I want to feel like my efforts are valued by someone else… so I may put a higher price on it. If you finish an end table, and absolutely LOVE IT and have the perfect place for it in your home… consider keeping it! Is this a piece that people are looking for and buying? Is it solid wood or laminate? Is it structurally stable? But it was gorgeous. And they did! But it took several months, and I was ok with that. Those are the best answers I can give you… was that helpful at all? I hope so! I too wish there was a magical formula! Start a blog or facebook page, and build up a clientele that knows your work is quality, and loves your taste. Word of mouth is stellar! Did I miss anything? Do you have any specific questions? They recently purchased a historic mansion and have been documenting the ups and downs of renovation and making this home their own When they found themselves in the trenches of infertility, they started a journey that would prove to be their most important DIY project ever, and have 3 beautiful girls to show for it. Totally depends on your workmanship and clientele. I see this post is 3 years old, but I wanted to thank you for your input! I am selling this set that I just finished, and pricing it is so hard!! I have a shop and rent out about 25 spaces.
Step 1: Prepare Wood
The Total Cost and Fluctuating Variable
I decided to make my own table when the cost of a table from a certain company was way too high priced and not the exact dimensions I wanted. Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
After some rsin, I decided to try a simple design. I knew a lot of the design decisions would depend on what lumber I could find, but I knew I wanted to encase wood that had bark details and worm holes or fungus rot. Something with character. Nevertheless were my original ideas on paper:. There I found websites like thelumbershack. I ended up going to a reclaimed wood store near where I lived and found 2 pieces I could not decide. One Walnut and one Willow.
I then researched different resins and settled on Envirotex Lite. I chose it mostly because I had worked with it before on other projects and was a common epoxy used by other DIYers to cover resim tops. I also got the best price for 2 gallons off Amazon for this brand. Finally, I purchased some golden flow acrylics in the color I wanted. I knew I wanted a blue table so I bought 4 different blues. In case you need to fix mistakes. I wanted the table to be a cool kinda turquoise blue so I created test pucks next to samples of omney two woods.
Upon seeing the pucks, I decided to pick tablex ratio of 1 drop to 4 ounces of resin. This ended up being a benchmark as I ended up adding more color once I began the pour. So I needed to create the pen. I peeled away the backing on the acrylic sheets and used extra-long monsy to clamp the acrylic pieces to form the 5 sided box.
I then balanced noney bottom on wood pieces I bought from Home Depot. This way two sides of the table would be clear resin. The next step was to pour. I didn’t mix properly or something on my first pour and as a result my bottom layer did not cure properly in spots and proved to be a huge pain tablrs on.
Measure as specified. This happens to everyone txbles it just made my life worse. Once the resin is measured properly, color as preferred and pour. All you really need is drops to maintain a rich and clear color. Just try to be consistent. I lined the bottom of my acrylic bottom with tape because I was paranoid about the epoxy sticking to the bottom acrylic piece my original tests would get stuck… mostly because I mixed wrong or it was too cold in the garage.
You do not need to do. Keep the acrylic bottom clear, save yourself some time. This ensures that the epoxy can out gas, and allows you to clear out the air bubbles later with the torch. It is important to keep the torch moving, as you do not want to burn the epoxy. I believe a heat gun would work as well not a hair xan, that would be a disaster. I then covered the table while it cured and waited hours before pouring the next layer.
This ensured that each layer properly cured. Overall, my 1 inch thick table took about 2 weeks. Patience is key. For my last pour of the table, I ended up pouring excess resin in all of the little wood bark crevices on the top face.
For the final pour, I do not recommend coloring the resin since my doing so caused part of the top to be discolored. However, the next step was breaking the table free from its Acrylic Mold. I used a hammer and chisel to break the bottom off, as the sides came off easy. Unfortunately I was over zealous and broke the bottom acrylic piece I wanted to reuse itbut that is okay. Maek 60 grit basically takes material off, which is what Tesin needed for the top.
A planar sander would have been perfect for this job, but unfortunately Tech Shop costs a kidney to join so I had no access. Since this would be my personal table, an imperfect Orbital Sander was fine by me. Please wear protection. I wore a respirator mask and safety glasses because I value my lungs, and was van in dust at the end.
Wear long sleeves and protective glasses so you have easy cleanup. This step requires patience, but the end result is very satisfying. Sanding the back with the sticky spots was a pain. I ffom the sticky spots when I started sanding which proved to be a mess. Tip: feel the resin before you sand. It there is a sticky or soft spot, just tape off the sides and pour a thin tablds of properly mixed resin to the — joney will still retain the clarity of the resin and encase the sticky spot.
If you do accidentally sand a sticky spot, you will have to do what I did and use a heat gun to heat up the smeared resin and chisel it. Acetone can be used to remove the sticky residue until you hit a solid layer, but I found nail polish remover worked better than pure acetone. I then sanded the chipped out part until it blended. Either way, be careful and fix the spots with another final layer of resin or layers of polyurethane finish.
To finish the table I cleaned off the surface of moneu table with a tack cloth and vacuum, and then used some wood conditioner and stain to finish the wood rsein attempt to cover up the colored resin stain. Once dry, I went over with Polyacrylic water based polyurethane. While the first coat looked good, subsequent coats did not. I recommend trying a spray polyurethane finish, but polycrylic can do the job. Coating with varnish made the surface mae the resin really nice and revealed the crystal clearness of the resin layers.
I liked the look of hairpin legs, and bought two normal hairpin legs and one tabels leg with a long horizontal bar to add stability to the one leg. I bought mine raw and cleaned them with degreaser and sprayed them with a two in one Rustoleum spray.
I then placed them where I wanted and screwed them in… and it was done! I already have a commission for my second table, and will do another Instructable on. There are a ton of additional new skills this new one will require me to learn. If I have access to a planar sander, I may refinish the table in the future. Overall, I will be keeping my table and am really look forward mone perfecting my next one!
Question yuo weeks ago. Great looking table. Did you make this table in a controlled environment maek in a workshop? Can the evnvirotex lite resin be cut on a table saw? I would be interested in making a waterfall edge. Kake 9 months ago. I am preparing to make my first 3 total end tables for my children as holiday gifts.
Already purchased the wood. Question 1 year ago on Step 1. I acquired some wood slices. What should Reskn use to makr the center sides before pouring resin? Question 1 year ago on Step 9. Question 1 year ago. Table looks great! When you sanded the top, did circle patterns form in the resin? I am worried about tarnishing the clearness. I have seen the cost of these tables, would you mind telling me about how much it costs to make them yourself Vs.
When you sand down the top of the table, do you take it right down to the wood? Meaning, do you remove any epoxy that was on the top of the wood or is there tablds thin layer of epoxy on the wood as well?
Thank you for the mke to finally get rid of the table in our living room. I look forward to seeing your next instruc-table. Your instructions are a very interesting read. You made it clear how important it was to be organized in attempting something like this but also inspiring at the same time in a way that monsy me want to go build.
Also, you have an mske eye for using the perfect color against the type of wood you chose. This is a beautiful table. I’m a little unclear about the mold. Reply 2 years ago.
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