HOW TO MAKE AN EPOXY TABLE MOLD
One of the most vital parts to making an epoxy table is the mold, after all it is what holds your table top in place as it cures. When molds are not made correctly, they won’ work. Leaving the table top uneven or allowing the epoxy resin to leak.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO MAKING AN EPOXY TABLE MOLD – THE MOST CRITICAL COMPONENTS:
- CHOOSING A MOLD
A great place to start for any resin project is by choosing the material you want to use for the mold. This part is an important part of the process, whatever material you choose will have an impact in on the quality and overall effectiveness of the mold.
BEST MATERIAL USED TO MAKE A MOLD
There are few choices of material you can use to make a mold, although plywood is a very popular choice. This is due to how effective and budget friendly it is – a fabulous choice if you are on a tight budget. The downside to using plywood is it’s a less sturdy option and you will ‘ get what you pay for’ when it comes to quality – definitely something to be mindful of.
A great in- between choice for not breaking the bank but also providing that sturdiness. A material that is unlikely to allow give, great for ensuring no unevenness. The one con for Melamine is that if it’s used without tape there is a risk that it will stick to the epoxy when poured. (Make sure you use a universal mold release and spray every where)
HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE
A high- quality sturdy material, considered the best used for epoxy resin tables (Especially river tables). High density polyethylene comes in various sizes and thickness, allowing you to fully customise it to your needs – A bonus is that it is very durable and is fantastic for reusing. The only negative with HDPE is that it is the more expensive choice, which many find hard to justify.
2. MEASURING THE RIGHT SIZE
When measuring your table, its always best to over measure by 1-2cm, this extra space is so important to allow for any potential issues. Meaning the project can go more smooth.
ISSUES OCCURED WHEN MEASURING INCORRECLY’
These are the most common issues people are faced if the mold is not measured correctly:
- The table is not to the exact shape and needs to be shaved
- The Epoxy did not cure fully along the edge
- A more shallow side (Improper leveling)
3. SEALING THE EDGES
Cork seal all the edges, corners inside and out. It is essential that you let the cork dry over night. This is vital to prevent leaks and money wasted, do not skip this step! You can also use screws for extra security and piece of mind. (Watch the video below to find out the best way to seal)
4.MAKING THE FORM STICK-PROOF
I can not stress enough how pivotal this part is, if you miss this or don’t do it correctly, you risk ruining your project or creating a lot of additional hard work for yourself.
Making the form stick proof ensures your resin table comes out of the mold, without sticking to the material. You can use either a tap or a universal mold release, both work really well. It all depends on what you prefer to use/work with.
WATCHING THE PROCESS
To help the process of mold making come alive and for you to see it in action, check out this video by Blacktail Studio
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