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Old 05-11-2022, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default Building a walnut/epoxy river table

My wife doesn't know it yet but I'm going to be building her a Walnut/Expoxy river table. I have been building walnut live edge floating shelves that I cut from a slab I bought about a month ago. They're in their melamine forms now and I'll be pouring epoxy soon.

After I cut the forms for them, I saw I had just enough to make another form 49" long and 19" wide with a height of just shy of 1". The height is perfect for the wood that I will resaw on my bandsaw... and the leftover melamine is the exact perfect size as the current table I'll be making the new top for...

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Old 05-11-2022, 07:20 PM   #2
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Old 05-11-2022, 10:56 PM   #3
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Cool. Interested in seeing this project.
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Old 05-11-2022, 11:49 PM   #4
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Ok got another chance to update, but the GF (general foreman) is laying next to me. Hope she don't look over

Here is the piece of crap in its current state. And I mean this table is ugly. She found it about 6 years ago (prior to being married) on Craigslist, talked me into driving an hour to Hillsboro to pick it up, then loved the "matching" end table and bought them both for $150. My jaw dropped. I tried like hell to talk her out of it. Weren't married and it was her house so I couldn't veto. She wanted "ran ch house," "country chic," and "rustic," and somehow these terds ended up coming home barely fitting in the trunk of a camry. Yes, that was us going up 35 with the TWO tables in the open trunk and bungee cords.

With 0 searching in the dark, here are some imperfections that stuck out.

Bad paint, scratches, gouges, unstained wood filler, some kind of latch system that was painted over rather than removed. Oh and I completely forgot that on one side the trim piece is missing and flush with the side of the table. It was PURCHASED like this. Honestly this feels like a purchase from the school of the blind charity auction.

The least I can do as a kind, caring, compassionate husband is fix my wife's mistakes, right? Or at the very least replace them with the mistakes of my own.

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Old 05-11-2022, 11:52 PM   #5
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Yea that’s cobble up ugly
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Forgot to mention I only have scraps left. Scrap melamine, and just enough, which is what inspired me. All walnut is scrap from the slap. It won't have a true river feel, more like a lake, with islands anything is better than what is in the living room now.
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:15 AM   #8
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Following. I've got the space finally to start on projects like this, and I've always wanted to do an epoxy table top.
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:23 AM   #9
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It'll be my first! Who knows what wood is underneath all that nasty thick paint. My guess it's a mash up of a bunch of different species...the lady who "made it" and sold it for an astronomical amount would take old junked-up pieces, put them together and "refurbish" them.
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Removing bark from one of the last pieces of live edge. Already made a mistake lol. Made the wrong cut on a bigger piece, ripping it in half when I meant to just square up one end. Oh well. I will title this piece The River Lake of Mistakes. Fitting.

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Old 05-12-2022, 09:23 PM   #11
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The form and the rest of the melamine.

PRO TIP: I have been getting a lot of things from home depot for 25% to 50% off by simply seeing deformities. I got the melamine for 1/2 off because of the gouge you see here, but I knew I wouldn't need that much and could work around it.

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Adding tyvek tape now. FYI I forgot the mold release on the floating shelves. Another project but a good opportunity to remind myself to apply mold release.

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Old 05-13-2022, 07:43 PM   #13
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Going to try to resaw the wood pieces I have left tonight... Mayyyyybe pour. Doubt I can get around to it. I haven't even left work yet. We will see. Wife works tomorrow so it'll be me and the boy, which limits my work time.
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Old 05-13-2022, 07:58 PM   #14
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Following. The wife and I plan to do this together in the near future
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Old 05-14-2022, 10:42 AM   #15
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I got distracted by the Stars last night
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Old 05-14-2022, 03:00 PM   #17
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Just a regular old board, or so I thought...

Resawn and has an awesome inclusion inside. Trying to figure out what color i want the epoxy to be. Black would be pretty timeless...

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Old 05-14-2022, 11:39 PM   #18
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Looks more like the guy from Operation. Water on the knee?

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Old 05-15-2022, 08:13 AM   #19
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Man I would make a side table out of that one end and leave it. The rectangular pieces on the other end really detract. Square ends in the middle of the table would look super weird. Just my 2 cents which is worth what you are paying for it.
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Old 05-15-2022, 10:33 AM   #20
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Man I would make a side table out of that one end and leave it. The rectangular pieces on the other end really detract. Square ends in the middle of the table would look super weird. Just my 2 cents which is worth what you are paying for it.
I agree with your assessment. Using scraps is going to make this difficult... I am playing around with some different angles...I have a few more scrap pieces... I am also planning on getting rid of the square edges and kinda making it look "natural" by sanding the straight edges.
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Old 05-15-2022, 01:03 PM   #21
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Found a solution and another problem.

Solution.....played around with a ton of different designs. Since it's all scrap, this is tough to find one that "works". The good news is that I found a design that everyone will like.

The newest problem...tried to get a rough estimate of how much epoxy I need, and I way undershot it. Looking like at minimum 2 gallons just for the table. About to pour the floating shelves (the original project that this project is a spin-off of) and will see how much epoxy I need to buy.... It's not cheap!
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Decided to go with a life sized bull redfish out of walnut. LOL. I'm sure he wife will love it. I'll figure out how to do the spot.

It's important to remember that ANYTHING is better than the unpolished te-rd I have right now.
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How cool is this?? I'm definitely following along!
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Picked up 3 gallons of epoxy. Set me back 300. Cried a little. Going to sneak this one in the checkbook somehow.

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Picked up 3 gallons of epoxy. Set me back 300. Cried a little. Going to sneak this one in the checkbook somehow.

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good luck. What epoxy did you go with?
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good luck. What epoxy did you go with?
Aluminite Deep Pour.

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I'm sure you have done your research on this, but just wanted to ask about your plan for keeping bubbles out after pouring.
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The redfish idea is pretty cool. I can't wait to see this.
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I'm sure you have done your research on this, but just wanted to ask about your plan for keeping bubbles out after pouring.
Yes, I have a blow torch that I am going to use when I am ready to pour. Heat gun should work also.

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The redfish idea is pretty cool. I can't wait to see this.
I just hope other people can see it, lol.

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Ok I think yall are going to like this one. Went from some kind of god awful walnut diving flag, to something that has much more thought put into it.

I was thinking about what I could do when it hit me. If I thought I was trying to make a fish, make a dad gum fish. And where would a redfish live? In the ocean! And what is on the bottom of an ocean? Sand, and things from Hobby Lobby!


And what does ocean water look like? If I was a guessing man, I woulda guessed Ocean Blue.

So I went to home depot, got me a 5 gallon bucket, and went to work.

This is a slow setting deep pour epoxy. I took a torch and knocked out the bubbles. This is only the first pour. I am going to go back over it with a second layer...thinking I might just do clear. Not quite sure.


I had thought I about screwed myself because I dropped the spoonful of pigment in the epoxy, when it only needed a dash. I ended up doing 1 gallon of clear mixed with the half gallon of really, really blue mistake epoxy and it equalled out as far as I am concerned.


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What is your game plan for the bottom? I assume if you pull it out of the mold the sand will crumble out, unless you keep the bottom on.
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What is your game plan for the bottom? I assume if you pull it out of the mold the sand will crumble out, unless you keep the bottom on.
Great question. It will take 5 to 7 days to fully cure, and it'll be tacky until about 72 hours after the pour. My guess is since it is so thin and runny, about the same as water, it'll get down and make it to the bottom. I believe that it will hold.

If that's not the case, then what I'll do is take the base of the table and trace out an outline on an acrylic sheet. If I can get that sheet in there and set the top on top of that, it'll keep sand from falling into all my 2010 Texas Rangers DVDs
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This is going to look awesome!
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At the 11 hour mark I was able to take a stick and swirl the colors around. Hopefully they don't settle. I would say it was a "goopy" consistency. I would say no bubbles were introduced since it was so thick. However, if they were, its the ocean, and there are bubbles in the ocean.

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Look with your eyes. Don't touch.
This is what we used to tell the kids when their patience was short.
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Pretty cool.

my thoughts, (being late to the party)
Gold Spoon....

Good scene for flounder.
(Maybe on the next one)
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Pretty cool.



my thoughts, (being late to the party)

Gold Spoon....



Good scene for flounder.

(Maybe on the next one)
I think I would have to agree with you!

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Her favorite beer or wine as the tail spot?

Like bottle cap or band

Ftr I did an epoxy table (thread here somewhere). I used clear and bubbles went a huge issue. I do have one dog hair and a piece of glass in it.
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Old 06-04-2022, 06:13 PM   #41
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SCORE!!!!!

Craigslist find. Life just got easy. Sanding just got fun.

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Is this a termite?

There are tons of these crawling around the garage.

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Answered my own question. Definitely ants. Not sure why there were so many small ants and a couple big ones all over my project.

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Sounds like live panfish bait.
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Hadn't forgot about this, just busy with other projects.

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