Sharon Rojas Table November 14th, 2018 - 02:37:23
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 Pinterest 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. So you have a few options to choose from. Then we slowly poured the epoxy into the big void. I haven't worked a whole lot with epoxy, so it was a bit of a learning experience, but I'd have to say that overall, it was pretty easy to work with and it does set up fairly quickly.
So you'll want to make sure that you have all your tools and supplies ready for exactly when you need them. Try your best to keep the epoxy from overflowing or from getting onto other parts of the wood. You can always sand and even use different polishing techniques. Once it's hardened, but the more careful you are the less cleanup you'll have to do. I found that a plastic putty knife does work pretty well for getting the epoxy into some of those smaller voids, use, a torch or some form of a heat source to quickly remove the bubbles.
Make sure to do this, while the epoxy is still in its liquid form because once it starts to set up it's too late to get those bubbles out. So if you do need to add a little extra epoxy to get it flush with the top feel free to do so, then use the torch to continue removing any more air bubbles, and it only takes a split second for that heat to remove those bubbles. Once you're happy with the epoxy you'll want to let it here at least overnight and in the meantime, you can pick up the supplies for the base.
Eric found someone inch piping with threaded ends in the plumbing section. At the hardware store that we thought would look good assembling the base is a pretty quick and easy process. The hardest part I'd say is actually probably just figuring out the sizes that you want for your table. But if you want to see the exact pipe sizes and parts we used for this table check out my website at DIY, Pete comm, forward, slash wood, slab, coffee table and you'll have all the information there. The next morning we took the slab outside to sand away.