Epoxy Resin Detached From Wood Slab

This might look like it is the end of life for this unfortunate river table. Luckily we are there; follow our quick and easy river table repair instructions to get your table back on its legs!


Determinating the root cause of the issue is the first in restoring your epoxy river table. This step is crucial to ensure the problem is not repeated. There are only a few causes why the resin would detach from the wood slab; we will go over the main ones:

Bark on Wood Slab

Removing the bark is one essential step in building your river table. It can detach itself from the slab breaking your epoxy river table.

Did Not Adhere To Seal Coat

Sealing the wood before pouring is an essential step if you wish to ensure no bubble escapes in your resin. However, You can wait only a few hours while the seal coat is still tacky for the pour. If the seal coat has completely cured, you will need to sand it, ensuring the pour adheres to it. If the seal coat is left cured and not sanded, the pour coat will not adhere to the seal coat properly due to its smooth surface.

Cheap River Table Epoxy Resin

Sometimes the issue is not in the process of making the river table. We always want to find the best deal; it is normal. But going cheap with river table epoxy resin might cost you a lot more in time and wood. Sometimes it is not even cheaper, but just young inexperienced manufacturers trying to keep up with the epoxy resin technologies. To save you a world of trouble, stick with us!

Accessories Required:

  • DIY Epoxy River Table & Countertop Kit
  • Protective equipment for your safety, gloves, protective eye gear and an apron to protect your clothing
  • Border for your casting mold, such as melamine board, corrugated plastic sheets
  • Tools to build the mold, drill, screws, tape, glue gun or caulking for sealing the mold
  • Sanding block, buffer/polisher
  • Solvent such as denatured alcohol to clean your wood slab and any items that will be in the epoxy river table
  • Brush to apply & scrapper for seal & top coat
Sand & Clean

Remove all bark, loose pieces, and anything that looks out of place, broken, or not secure. After, sand the broken edges and the bottom of the river table. After the sanding process, wipe down the table until there is no more sanding residue & dust.


After cleaning up and sanding the broken edge, apply a seal coat with DIY Epoxy Countertop to ensure no bubbles come from the edges in the pour stage. Do not wait 24 hours for the seal coat to dry; only wait until it is tacky before proceeding to the next step.

Under Pour Stage

Ensure the seal coat on the edges is still tacky; if not, you will need to sand the edge with a grit 220, just a quick sand to roughen up the surface, ensuring proper epoxy adhesion during the flood coat. Before securing the table pieces in place, pour a base layer into your mold to create a base coat underneath your river table; pour about 1/4 - 1/8 of an inch. Secure the wood pieces in your river table mold on top of the under-pour coat, then wait about 24 hours at 25°c / 77°F, do not cure completely; the epoxy needs to be still tacky. This will prevent the under-pour from mixing up with your color pattern. If your table is a crystal clear table, you can proceed to the pour without waiting.

Pour Stage

While the underpour stage is still tacky, you can now proceed to your river table pour. This image represents a river table where the epoxy has broken off the two sides. Depending on your river table, you can only pour a few inches to reconnect your broken pieces if your epoxy river is still attached to one side of your wood slab. After your pour, wait 72 hours at 25°c / 77°c.

Top Coat Stage

After the flood pour is cured, sand the top of your epoxy river table to ensure the top is leveled and equal. Ensure that even the equal part is sanded a bit to roughen the surface for proper epoxy adhesion. With our self-leveling epoxy resin countertop, pour a flood coat of 1/8 inches, wait 24 hours until fully cured, sand a bit to roughen up the top, and pour another coat. The two coats will solidify your epoxy resin table to ensure it will not break again.

Enjoy Your Epoxy Resin River Table!

With these easy steps, your epoxy table has just been revived! Whether your epoxy resin river table was completely broken, severed in two, or just one side of epoxy was detached from your wood slab, you now have a new epoxy river table!