How to make an epoxy table

How to make an epoxy table

There are numerous projects you can create with resin and wood. And one of the most popular DIY resin wood art is the epoxy wooden table. They are beautiful pieces of furniture and, with the proper planning and skills, they can be created by both experienced woodworkers and DIY enthusiasts.

Read on to learn more about how to make an epoxy table, what tools you need, and the right working conditions.

Tools you need to make an epoxy resin wood table

To make an epoxy table from scratch, you will need:

  • Our epoxy resin ¾ gallon kit (includes plastic stirrers, a pair of nitrile gloves, measuring cups, 24 x Mica 5g powder bags)
  • Piece of wood
  • Sandpaper
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Strong adhesive tape
  • Heat source (torch, heat gun, hairdryer)
  • ​​Polishing compound and oil (or similar)
  • Abrasives
  • MDF board for creating molds
  • Teflon spray or silicone spray
  • Safety equipment
  • Other tools*

*Other tools include clamps, 2 large buckets, 1 chisel, 1 plastic hammer, a circular saw, a polishing machine, and polishing paste.

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Our special formula self-levels and has a 2:1 ratio of hardener and resin. It’s easy to mix and allows easy bubbles removal as well.

You need a clear epoxy resin that is sturdy and reliable, curing to a high gloss coating that won’t yellow with age and won’t chip easily. Ours is water and scratch resistant, so your projects will look brand new for years to come!

We’re DIY enthusiasts too and we know how a little color can embellish any project. That’s why our epoxy resin kit comes with some little extras included: measuring cups, plastic stirrers, gloves and a 24-color set of Mica 5g powder bags. Let your creativity flow and amaze the world with your beautiful art pieces in vivid colors!

Creativity knows no bounds, so we don’t want you to worry about trivial stuff while engaging in your artistic endeavors. Our highly-trained Customer support specialists are always available to assist you in any way possible. Think of them as your helpful advisors, making sure you have all you need to create your stunning masterpieces!

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Enjoy numerous arts & crafts DIY projects or even paint pouring art.

Our special formula self-levels and has a 2:1 ratio of hardener and resin. It’s easy to mix and allows easy bubbles removal as well.

You need a clear epoxy resin that is sturdy and reliable, curing to a high gloss coating that won’t yellow with age and won’t chip easily. Ours is water and scratch resistant, so your projects will look brand new for years to come!

We’re DIY enthusiasts too and we know how a little color can embellish any project. That’s why our epoxy resin kit comes with some little extras included: measuring cups, plastic stirrers, gloves and a 24-color set of Mica 5g powder bags. Let your creativity flow and amaze the world with your beautiful art pieces in vivid colors!

Creativity knows no bounds, so we don’t want you to worry about trivial stuff while engaging in your artistic endeavors. Our highly-trained Customer support specialists are always available to assist you in any way possible. Think of them as your helpful advisors, making sure you have all you need to create your stunning masterpieces!

Types of wood you can use to make an epoxy table

Usually, the best material to use for an epoxy resin table is flat. Yew, elm, oak, or black walnut are excellent choices for resin wood art. In general, any wood that has been aired well and has a moisture level below 20% is suitable.

Step by step instructions

Sand the wood

The first step is to make sure you have a smooth surface so that the wood and resin can mix nicely. Start by working on the edges using sandpaper and then sand the large surfaces of the wood smoothly. 

You can start with 80 grit and then work your way up to 220 grit. After each grit size, remove all dust residues with a microfibre cloth.

Seal the wood

Sealing an epoxy resin wood table will make it waterproof. Make sure you level all possible unevenness, cracks, and porous areas in the wood. For this, fill these with crystal clear, unpigmented epoxy resin. 

To prevent resin from running over the edges, seal them in advance with a very strong adhesive tape. After the filled-up resin has dried, the whole wood is sealed. Use a crystal-clear resin. This sealing prevents later outgassing of the wood. Allow the sealant to dry completely. This usually takes around 5 hours.

Build a formwork for the tabletop

After sanding and sealing the wood, you need to create a mold in the desired length and size of the table. Use a simple MDF board and measure it carefully. MDF boards with a thickness of 16 mm - for both the underside and the sides - are suitable for producing such molds.

Use a clear sanitary silicone to seal the edges. Ensure that the mold is 100% tight at the end so that liquid epoxy resin won’t leak out. Next, apply a release agent to the finished mold (teflon spray or silicone spray) so that the resin won’t adhere to the MDF board after drying.

Insert the wood into the mold

Place the wood in the mold. To do this, push the wood into the position it should have when the table is finished and then fix it with several parallel clamps. 

Mix the epoxy resin

For this, you will need a sufficiently large bucket to hold the entire amount of resin or, at least, the first layer of resin. It may be necessary to cast the resin in several layers. 

Depending on the thickness of your tabletop, you can decide on the maximum layer height and the maximum amount of mixed resin. After mixing, remove potential air bubbles with a torch or heat gun.

Creating a water effect

You’ll first need to divide the resin into two containers. Use, for example, a 1:1.5 ratio. 

To achieve the popular water look, color the larger part of the resin with a metallic pigment and the smaller part with a matt pigment. Then, fill in the epoxy resin and, if you wish, create a pattern with a wooden stick. Leave the piece to cure well.

Create a design with crystal clear resin

For this, pour the first layer of crystal clear resin between two wooden boards. Go over the epoxy resin with a hot air dryer. Ensure you do not keep the hairdryer at the same spot for longer than 3 seconds as your material can burn.

Remove from the mold

Remove all screws and parallel clamps. Then carefully loosen the tabletop from the mold using a chisel and a plastic hammer. For perfectly smooth edges, you can process them with a router or circular saw before sanding.

Polish and oil the tabletop

To protect the wood optimally, use a polishing machine and polishing paste to achieve a silky surface. For a matt appearance, use a soft cloth and apply oil evenly over the entire tabletop.

Cover with crystal-clear resin

You can coat the surface of the tabletop with crystal-clear resin for a glossy finish. Start with the underside of the tabletop and apply adhesive tape around the top. Poured resin over the surface and spread it evenly. Allow the whole thing to harden completely, and then remove the adhesive tape on the sides. Turn the tabletop over and repeat the process.

Attach the table legs

Lastly, screw on some table legs of your choice. While the classic wooden legs can give your piece of furniture a timeless rustic appearance, the stylish metal legs work best for a modern-looking table.

Before you go…

Make sure you create the right working conditions. The environment you are working in should be dry and heated, with an ambient and resin temperature of around 68°F / 20°C. And don’t forget! When working with resin, always take all necessary precautions: wear safety glasses, breathing protection, and nitrile gloves.