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How to build a wood and resin table.

How to build a wood and resin table.

How to build a wood and resin table.


In this procedure we will see step by step the most famous application that brings together an innovative material (epoxy resin) and a traditional one (Wood). This application allows the creation of truly incredible artifacts and can potentially be made with any material (fabrics, caps, metal, etc.)


 


1) Once you have chosen the wood that you like best (with a thickness of 2-3cm), sand it with abrasive paper. The finer the grain (300-400) and the more the surface will be “closed”, reducing the absorption of the resin and therefore preserving more the natural color of the wood. On the other hand, if the grain is “coarse” (60-80) the tone of the wood will be more shielded (depending on taste!)

2) Cut the piece into 4 parts (actually, the number you want), then blow it with compressed air (if no soft brush available) in order to remove dust and sawdust.

3) Let the wood dry in the sun (or during the cold season near a radiator) for 24-48 hours. The wood must avoid contact with water for at least 24 hours.

4) NOW WE ARE READY to start!



5) Create a wooden frame (this is the shape of the table) of height 3-4 cm. This frame will only serve as containment, then it will be removed, so don’t waste too much time.



5) Create a wooden frame (this is the shape of the table) of height 3-4 cm. This frame will only serve as containment, then it will be removed, so don’t waste too much time.

6) Take a common sheet of nylon or polyethylene for packaging and place it inside the frame making the edges adhere as much as possible (the resin does not stick to the polyethylene, so it will be easy to remove the table from the mold once it has hardened). You can use a double-sided adhesive tape to help with the task. The resin will take the form of nylon so it is worth thinking about it! Place everything on a perfectly flat work surface, making sure that the nylon does not have any scratches (in this case, put a piece of adhesive tape on it).

7) Try to position the pieces of wood inside the mold in the way you like (you can also include other objects, such as stones and pieces of metal).

8) Mix a limited quantity of resin (A + B) (300g for example) and with a brush pass generously on all sides of the wood. Then turn them on the opposite side (avoid using gloves) and continue to brush. Be careful to perfectly impregnate the most irregular parts (such as the bark). This operation serves to “seal” the wood, avoiding that when you immerse it in the resin, it releases bubbles that are likely to remain embedded in the resin. Once the operation is over, place them in pieces with resin in the mold in their final position. Wait until it hardens (minimum 8 hours).

9) Prepare the rest of the resin, mix it carefully in a large container and let it rest (“boil”) for 10-15 min.


9) Pour the resin uniformly to the level you want. Equip yourself with a hair dryer (or better an industrial hair dryer) to focus on the superficial bubbles to make them burst. In 24 hours the table is ready to be removed from the mold!


 


Note.

Nylon is the cheapest solution, but from a more irregular surface. To perfectly square the table you can use sanding (or hacksaw). Once the irregular parts are abraded, the surface will be opaque, but don’t worry! Just apply a thin layer of resin with a brush to make it transparent again!

If instead you decide you want “perfection” you will have to buy a plexiglass tub as a container. In this way the table will come out perfect already and you will do it much faster.



Resin consumption.

If the table was made of pure resin (60x60x4) more than 10 kg of resin would have been needed. But since half of the volume is taken up by wood, only 6 kg were needed.

This was the first table and I mainly think it came quite well (you tell me!), So I think it’s feasible for everyone, as long as you pay close attention to the preparation of the mold and having all the tools available). I will soon prepare another one! Good job!


 


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