The above picture is where I am at today. This is my piece of wood sitting in the mold where the epoxy will be poured in. I will get to this more later in this post, but I wanted you all to see it right away.
So first I want to show you guys my inspirations. In the last couple years I have seen countless river tables shown all over the internet and I have always wanted to make one myself. When I first started thinking about this project I knew that I wanted it to look more like the ocean rather than a river. That is why I am calling it the Rustic Ocean River Table. I want the epoxy to be a blueish green that looks similar to the way the ocean water looks in Cancun. I want it to be clear, but sparkly. This is going to give it the ocean aesthetic that I want.
Besides the ocean aesthetic that I am giving it, the river tables naturally have a rustic aesthetic due to the fact that we are showing the wood in a raw form. So the combined aesthetic is a rustic ocean. The main vision I have other than it looking like an ocean, is that I want the wood to be dark, have white edges to mimic beaches, and be thicker than 1.5in. Below you can see a picture I got off of the internet that really represents what I want my table to look like. It includes all of the aspects I want.
FineWoodenCreations – http://finewoodencreations.com/portfolio-item/turquoise-resin-dining-table-with-glowing-inlay/
So far I have gotten my piece of wood along with all other supplies, created a prototype made out of paper, cut and prepped the wood, created the mold, and have tested making the epoxy with several different colors. Below is a picture of the paper prototype that I made in the shape of the wood that way I could cut it and orient it in such as way that I knew how I needed to cut the wood before I took it to the machine shop. I did this so that i would waste the least amount of wood possible, given that it was pretty expensive.
In the picture below you can see what I decided on as the final position of the wood for the table.
now that I knew how I wanted the wood and cut it, I needed to create the mold. I did this using MDF board and sealing tape that I got off of amazon. This does not stick to the resin, so once the resin has cured, I can remove the mold.
I received multiple colors in the mail from amazon. I knew I wanted some sort of blue green combination so I separated all of those colors and begin testing. In the picture below you can see all of the colors that I am going to test.
In the following two pictures you can see the molds I made in order to prototype the different colors. So far I have made a combination of 12 different colors. I have two favorite ones so far. I need to do further testing though in order to figure out exactly what I want.
Finally the design for the dynamic portion of the table is shown below. I will purchase a surface mount, aluminum pipe, and buttons from Mcmaster Carr in order to create legs with adjustable height. I will then machine the holes in them that I will need and use a button in order to provide for the adjustability. I haven’t decided if I want to paint these, but for now I think that I wont.
Here is the link for my video presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkhz1gYh9fA.