DO IT YOURSELF
Create your own live edge river table!
Read our easy tutorial to learn how to make a river table, coffee table, or any large table with epoxy resin deep pour.
- Epoxy resin for river table (We welcome you to use our epoxy resin calculator)
- Clear coating epoxy resin, preferably our epoxy countertop formula, for sealing the wood slab.
- Protective equipment for your safety, gloves, protective eye gear, and an apron to protect your clothing
- Wood slab used for river table and any other items you wish to encapsulate in the epoxy river table
- 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
- A solvent such as denatured alcohol to clean your wood slab and any items that will be in the epoxy river table
Sanding your wood slab is crucial to ensure proper epoxy resin adhesion while guaranteeing your epoxy river table's most aesthetic look. During the sanding process, remove any loose pieces and tree bark. After the sanding is complete, remove the sanding dust, then clean thoroughly to remove all contaminants with a solvent.
Sealing your wood slab is an important step to prevent air from escaping, thus creating bubbles in your epoxy table. You can seal the wood slab by making a small River Table Epoxy mixture and applying one or two thin layers on the wood slab. Ensuring room temperature is 25 °c and allowing 8 hours between layers. After sealing, we recommend a quick sanding with a 120 grit sandpaper to provide traction for the epoxy poor to adhere to on the sealed slab. Before proceeding to the next step, ensure you clean the sanded wood slab thoroughly to remove dust and residue.
Secure the wood slab with wood clamps and 2 by 4 wood pieces to ensure the wood will not float during the epoxy river table pour. Once everything is secured, you can proceed to the pour. Begin pouring your river table epoxy resin slowly while inspecting edges and corner to ensure there are no leaks. For faster degassing, you can wave a small torch back and forward on the surface. Do not stay at one spot for more than 1 second.
After 72 hours at 25 °C you can slowly remove the mold from your new epoxy river table! With a safety mask & glasses sand from 120 down to 3000 grit sand paper.
You can buff the table for added protection with beeswax, carnauba wax, or any of your choosing. To add an extra shine, you can then polish your table with any polishing agent of your choice for the best aesthetic looks!