How to make a resin table

Resin tables have become a popular piece of furniture in many homes. We get it!- The appearance alone makes it a beautiful piece of furniture, let alone all the other features (Have a read of  Are Resin Tables Durable?  and Can a resin table scratch? ).

Many of us are ‘wowed’ with how resin turns ordinary pieces of work into unique master pieces. So how do you make this amazing statement piece of furniture?

How to make a resin table? 

  1. Wood – The first step in any wooden project you decide to make, is making sure you choose the right wood. This is so important to enable you to reached your desired design.  When choosing the wood, you need to make use it’s easily burned and has great strength – Walnut Wood is the best to use for any wooden resin project!
  2. Create a mould –  (This is for where the pieces of wood will be positioned and the resin will be poured and sealed). See How to make an Epoxy table mold? – By Charles
  3. Cutting the wood – You need to cut the wood into the shape/design you want. Ensure the wood is smooth once cut.
  4. Preparing the wood – Apply a generous resin coating to the pieces of wood that will be in contact with the resin –  This guarantees that no air bubble escapes during the catalysis stage of the resin, to apply the coating use a brush or roller. For best results apply a few coats of resin coating, making sure the first application has harden before applying the next and sand the wood after each application with a light sandpaper.
  5.  Mixing the resin – It is so important that you are mixing the correct ratio of resin and hardener. (If this is not done correctly the resin may never cure) Please remember wood is absorbent so you will need to allow a little more for this. You will need to mix for around 6 minutes continuously making sure to gently stir so you do not trap too many air bubbles in the resin!
  6. Pouring the resin- When working with resin you need to make sure the room environment is at a temperature of 26 degrees. (it can not be cooler than 20 degrees) You can then pour the resin, to get rid of any air bubbles use a heat gun making sure that you do not get too close or stay in one spot for too long as you risk burning the resin.
  7. Applying the table legs – You can use wood or metal for the legs, we have several of our own designs..
  8. Sanding & Polishing- To polish the resin we use a combination of products. So let’s start with your equipment. First up you need a good dust extractor hooked up to your sanders, also a good polishing machine. We Use The Festool Dust extractor and the Festool Rotex 150https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuBWyurQ3o4  and the Festool 150/3 ets ec https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58uQCdVqJvg These three machines are the absolute best, dust extraction is key so no dust particles remain on your workpiece, otherwise, you will get a lot of sanding “Pigtails” as a side note, when these appear, change your sanding pad immediately and wipe the area clean using a clean microfibre cloth. Make sure to do this between all the grades.
  9. Polishing – Once you have worked your way to 3000 Grit, it is now time to polish the resin, depending on the clients specification we may also polish the wood.
  10. The Finish – We use several finishes, Ranging from Osmo all the way to not using any finish at all all, this is a Japanese techiuque called ‘Kanna’ which translates to Plane. You can read more about it here.

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So that is how you make a resin table, here is also a video on the process of making one of our beautiful resin tables to make it easier for you. If you still are unsure then please do get in contact with the By Charles team CONTACT Resin tables are what we specialise in, we would love to help you on your project!

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