They are very trendy right now, we are talking about epoxy tables. These are also available with LED lighting, which makes the already special tables even more special. The trend has come from the USA, like so many trends, also to us in Europe. The special and unusual epoxy resin tables have quickly gained a great popularity. The epoxy resin table with LED is still illuminated with LEDs. Thus, the table also still serves as indirect lighting in the living room as a dining table or in the living room as a couch or side table.
But how do you make these special tables? It’s actually not that difficult. At least not if you know how to do it and have both the right materials and the right tools at hand. The most important thing is to have enough money in the making, the haste would jeopardize a great result. Now let’s look together at the following material list and the individual steps. Then you have a good overview and can decide whether you trust yourself to make an epoxy resin table or not.
- Wood planks
- Epoxy casting resin SR1670 + hardener SD7160
- Epoxy resin for sealing SRSC_EVO and hardener SDSC_EVO_MED
- Mixing cup and stirring spade, brush, nitrile disposable gloves and release wax
- Flexible modeling compound MS-Polymer UNICOL
- Covering foil
- Work table
To calculate the amount of epoxy, it is best to use the following formula: 1 liter per 1 mm of pouring height per m² (so for example: 1 mm thickness means 1 liter of material per m², 50 mm = 50L). But since every wood has a different absorbency, we recommend painting the wood with SurfClear EVO epoxy resin beforehand. Since this resin dries faster and thus seals the wood, it cannot absorb too much of the casting resin later and mess up the whole calculation. Mixing a little more epoxy can’t hurt, though.
Epoxy resin table illuminated
SR1670 is a transparent casting resin that can also be used to make a table for outdoor use. However, since it is only UV stabilized and not UV stable, it should definitely be further protected with a clear or colored varnish from, for example, Nautix, Nemo Coatings or even Sicomin. Mixed with hardener SD7160, layers of 2 to 3 cm can be poured in one operation. Please do not pour higher than this, otherwise the resin will start to boil by itself and become yellowish and cloudy and thus unsightly.
If you want to cast your tabletop higher, then you have to let the resin dry out completely, sand it thoroughly with grit 80 to 120 and then you can cast the next layer. To prevent the aforementioned strong sucking up of the resin by the wood, we recommend a prior coating with the crystal clear Surf Clear EVO. This will prevent too much soaking up during the long drying time and the epoxy resin will not be soaked up too much by the wood. By the way, the wood should have a maximum moisture content of 12% for a perfect result.
- SR1670 Casting resin for casting heights between 2 and 3 cm
- SR GreenCast 160 for casting heights 5 cm plus
SR GreenCast 160 for epoxy resin table with LED
Since the chemical composition of SR GreenCast 160 is somewhat different, a height of around 5 cm and more can be cast in one pour. The epoxy resin dries somewhat slower and thus develops less heat. Furthermore, it is already degassed, which virtually rules out the formation of bubbles. If bubbles do form, they quickly dissolve on their own. In the unlikely event that they do not dissolve, you can carefully torch the bubbles with a hot air dryer. Please do not do this for longer than 3 seconds per spot, otherwise the resin will burn.
Otherwise, the SR GreenCast 160 behaves quite similarly to the SR1670 casting resin. The biggest difference is actually the maximum pouring height. Since epoxy resin gets very hot and starts to boil on its own if you pour it too thick, great care must be taken. If the resin begins to boil, then it is immediately unusable and must be discarded. It takes on a strong yellow tint and becomes milky. Not a pretty sight, for a table. Therefore, from a casting height of more than 3 cm, be sure to use the SR1670 casting resin or work in two layers.
Epoxy resin table luminous
Let’s start with the preparations for the epoxy table LED. First of all, you need to carefully remove the bark from the wood with a chisel. Then it must be cleanly planed and sawed to the desired length. For this purpose, please be sure to use a circular saw to avoid unevenness. If you do not have such a device at hand, you can have the cutting done by a carpenter or by the wood dealer from whom you purchased the piece of wood. Once the wood is machined flat and cut, we begin to build the mold.
To be able to fill in the resin later, a mold must be built beforehand. Use 15 mm thick MDF boards and cut them to the desired size. Build the mold 10 cm higher than the tabletop will be. This will prevent epoxy from spilling over. Once you have cut the bottom and sides, you can screw them together. Then use sanitary silicone to fill the grooves. This will keep the epoxy from running out of the joints. Then pour release wax into the mold so that the finished tabletop can be removed later.
Epoxy resin table with LED
Now you need to arrange the pieces of wood in the mold as you want them later in the table top. If you want to have an epoxy table with LED with river, so with the river in the middle, then put the pieces of wood each left and right in the length in your built mold. Then paint them thinly with resin using the brush. Allow this to dry completely before moving on to the next step. This will prevent the dry wood from absorbing too much epoxy.
The next step in the epoxy resin table with LED would be the processing of the resin. Before you start working, please put on protective goggles and never work without gloves! Then mix the resin with the hardener as recommended by the manufacturer. If desired, you can also add pigments and colors. There are no limits to your creativity. There are also pigments with glitter particles, then your table shimmers later where the pigmented resin was poured. You can achieve great effects with it.
- Build first mold
- then prepare pieces of wood
- and then arrange everything in the mold
- and finally pour resin
Please attach your wood pieces to the mold before pouring the resin. Otherwise they might float away and your arrangement would be ruined. Use screw clamps for this, but not too tightly, so that no marks remain in the wood. Especially with soft woods you have to be very careful. You will hardly be able to repair these defects later and they would have a lasting negative effect on the appearance of your table. Now you can pour in your mixed resin. If you are only pouring one color or only crystal clear epoxy, then simply fill the mold.
To prevent resin from flowing over the wood pieces, you can seal the edge beforehand. To do this, use sanitary silicone again and apply it to the entire edge of your wood piece one to two centimeters away from the edge. This will create a barrier for the epoxy and keep it from running down your hoz pieces. Later you will have to sand off the excess epoxy, which will save you a lot of work. So it’s better to work with sanitary silicone instead of sanding for a long time later and wasting expensive epoxy.
River table with water effect
To achieve this beautiful effect, you need to mix at least two colors. To achieve a natural and phenomenal water effect, we recommend a darker blue and a turquoise, preferably with shimmer. This will make the effect very vivid. Mix more of the turquoise epoxy and pour it into the mold alternating left and right. Let it set briefly and then shape the marbling with a wooden stick. This allows you to create fabulous water effects that will amaze you, and each table is guaranteed to be unique.
Of course, you can also use other colors for this, there are no limits to your creativity in the whole project. Everything is allowed that you like. If you like, you can also put pebbles or the like in the epoxy. If you want to have this with a colored background, then you will have to work in layers. Pour your first layer of epoxy with pigment into your mold. Then let it dry out. As long as you still have some sticking with your glove, you can pour more layers. After that, unfortunately, you will see them.
- Pour water effect with at least two pigments
- Crystal clear epoxy for a natural effect
Casting resin in layers
If the resin has become too hard for you, even if only by accident, then you must let it dry out completely. This takes different amounts of time depending on the product and manufacturer. However, it’s better to wait an hour more than an hour too little and your tabletop won’t look the way it should. Then take sandpaper with 80 to 120 grit and sand off the completely dry resin. Then you can pour in another layer without seeing the individual layers and please always work thoroughly!
If you want to put something into the resin, do it while it is still soft. That is, as long as you can still stick it with your glove. Put all parts into your still wet epoxy and press them in a bit so they can’t move away from it. Please do not put the parts into the still wet epoxy, because then they will just sink. Unfortunately, this would mean that the effect of the inserted parts would disappear and that would be very, very annoying.
Pour on resin completely
Now you can also place the LED chain in the resin and fill up your mold until it reaches the top edge of the wood pieces. The end of the wire must be reachable outside the mold. Keep in mind that epoxy doesn’t usually contract, so don’t over-pour the mold. If bubbles or even bubbles have formed during the casting process, a hot air dryer will help you remove them. Please do not hold the flame on one spot for too long. A maximum of three seconds is the rule and less is much much more!
Patience is required!
An epoxy table is not a sprint, but rather a marathon. You must have a lot of patience between the individual steps to achieve a perfect result. For this, also pay attention to the temperature of your workshop or garage. 18 to 21 degrees Celsius are perfect. At colder temperatures the resin becomes hard and viscous, if it is too warm, then it is more difficult to work with it. Please never put the resin on the floor, because it is always colder than the air. Resin absolutely belongs on the table.
Polishing the epoxy resin table with LED
Now we remove the tabletop from the mold. To do this, loosen the screws and remove the individual parts of the mold piece by piece. Thanks to the release wax, this should be no problem at all. Now admire your masterpiece from all sides for the first time. Then continue with the work. Sand the entire tabletop from all sides. If epoxy has overflowed or formed noses in some places, you can carefully plane them off. Otherwise, always work from the coarsest (80) to the finest (180) sandpaper.
But since we want the table to have either a natural glossy finish or a high gloss finish, there are now more steps to go. For a natural finish, it is sufficient to now work the entire tabletop with the polishing machine and polishing paste. Be especially careful not to polish away too much in the corners. Unfortunately, this happens faster than you think, so be especially careful there. Otherwise, always work evenly in circular motions and always have enough polishing paste on your workpiece. Once you are satisfied with the result, the tabletop is oiled.
Finish of the epoxy resin table with LED
For oiling, we recommend high-quality wood oil. It is best to use a lint-free microfiber cloth and work the oil into the tabletop in circular motions. The more layers of oil you apply, the darker the wood will be. So for very light woods that you want to stay light, you need to work with little oil and massage it in gently. Then you can mount the selected table legs to your tabletop and your first custom epoxy table with LED lighting is complete. Congratulations on this great achievement and enjoy your table.
If, on the other hand, you want a high-gloss table, then you need to work down to 3000 grit with the sander before polishing. This requires some patience and time. For this you should also sand wet, which is possible with special sandpaper. Wipe off the water between each sanding and work very clean. You can hardly get scratches out. Then pour epoxy over the table after taping off the edges and let it dry out. After that, this table top is also oiled and you have a high gloss epoxy table with LED.