Janette Harvey Table November 12th, 2018 - 07:32:20
This beautiful cherry slab coffee table with this stunning blue kind of blueish, turquoise, epoxy, inlay and there's something special about it. Well, glue is in the dark, which is pretty awesome. It looks great at night, so let's go ahead and get started with today's project and head out in the garage you ready. Let's do it all right good. Before we got started, we made a stop down at reclaimed: wood ATX, it's near downtown Austin, and we wanted to find a cool slab of wood to work with than who's, one of the owners.
He helped us out, and we found a nice piece of cherry to work with that had a lot of character, so we loaded it up and then got to work now. The first step was to sand down the slab and to clean it up a bit and smooth things out. So Eric got out a sander and hit it with some 120 and then some 220 grit sandpaper. Then we lightly hand sanded the sides to smooth them out a bit. We wanted to leave a lot of the character and texture, so we didn't sand the sides that much the boy did have a lot of debris in it.
So we cleaned it out as much as possible. We knocked out some of the loose debris with a screwdriver and then blew out the dust or you can use an air compressor if you have one now. The overall slab was just under 8 feet in length and we decided to cut the slab down to about 5 feet for the coffee table and then to make a couple matching side tables out of the leftover wood we used. A miter saw for this part of the project, but a circular saw could work as well, depending on the thickness of that slab that we sanded down the boards and then fixed any areas that needed a little additional attention with some fast to p10 glue.
This stuff is awesome and it dries almost instantly. It's just a great way to reattach loose parts of the slab and to fix anything else that you might need to. The next step was to mix up the epoxy to fill those voids. This is a basic two-part epoxy resin kit from the hardware store that's often used for bar tops and we use some smaller bottles to measure. So we were accurate and measuring out the equal parts. Some small bubbles formed as the epoxy was mixed, but we'll use a torch to remove those in a later step.
We did add a few drops of blue dye to give it a turquoise color. I've seen all sorts of really neat projects on Interest with that glow-in-the-dark epoxy and I had never used it. So I researched it a bit and found some blue glow-in-the-dark powder made by a company called techno glow that I bought on Amazon for about 10 bucks. Add up to the epoxy according to the instructions you want to mix it well, so it gets distributed nice and evenly in that epoxy and the glow-in-the-dark powder does come in a variety of different colors.