DIY Live Edge Resin Table

diy resin and wood table

diy resin and wood table

As a woodworker and a maker, one of the projects I have had on my bucket list for a while has been a resin and wood end table. I have spent months scouring lumber yards and the internet for the perfect piece in need of TLC. And, well, when you wish and try hard enough dreams do come true. I am beyond excited to have been able to partner with my amazing friends at Bernzomatic to finally create the one of a kind resin table I’ve been imagining up in my head! I’ll show you how surprisingly easy it is to fill voids in wood with resin and create awesome art work in just a few easy steps!

Before we start, wanna see a video tutorial? You can on my YouTube channel!

Now, I would be lying if I said that I was intimidated by pouring epoxy resin for the longest time. But, now that I’ve done it and created something really cool, I can share that I was surprised by just how easy it was! With the right tools you can create your own original design. Here’s how I turned this…

live edge table

Into this…

tree trunk table

What You’ll Need:

bernzomatic torch

Tools
Bernzomatic TS4000
Belt Sander
Random Orbital Sander
Packaging Tape
Metal Wire Brush
Measuring Cup
Mixing Sticks
Drill (For Attaching Legs)
Rubber Gloves
Safety Glasses
Respirator/Dust Collection
Shop Vacuum

Materials
Wood Log, Cookie, or Burl
Epoxy Resin & Hardener
Metallic Pigment Powder (Epoxy Tint)
Hairpin Legs
Table Finish

The Steps:

1. Use a sander to smooth and level the top of your future table top.

how to level a slab of wood

2. While things are still dusty, use a wire brush to scrape away some of the bark.

how to debark wood

3. Next, use a vacuum to suck up any dust that has gotten trapped in the nooks of your piece.

how to clean a slab of wood
4. Once your piece has been smoothed out, you can begin prepping for your resin pour. First, cover the entire top of the slab with packaging tape.

how to create a resin river table
how to level a slab of wood

5. To help the tape stick better, use your Bernzomatic TS4000 to generate heat above the tape and help the adhesive glue on the tape melt to the piece. Disclaimer: It’s really important here that you do not touch the flame to the tape. Just hold the flame above the piece and move it back and forth.

diy epoxy resin table

6. Once your table top has been taped up, flip it over. You’re ready for your first pour!

how to pour epoxy
7. Follow the instructions on your specific epoxy resin product prior to mixing and pouring. Mine was a 1:1 ratio of epoxy resin to hardener and I added a metallic blue pigment to the mix.

epoxy resin for table
how to mix resin
how to make metallic resin

8. Once your resin is mixed, slowly begin to pour it into your table top. The particular resin I was working with only recommended I pour up to 1/8″ with each pass at a minimum of 4 hour increments. So, I repeated this step a few times over the course of two days.

how to fill voids in wood with resin

9. Immediately following each pour, make sure to use your Bernzomatic TS4000 to remove the bubbles that will form in the resin. As with the tape, gently float the open flame above the work piece. The heat generated during this step will pop any bubbles that have formed in the resin.

how to remove bubbles from resin

10. Channel your inner monk, practice patience, and repeat steps 7 through 9 as many times as necessary to ensure a solid, sturdy, and beautiful pour (this was also the most difficult step for me because I wanted results immediately).

how to fill voids in wood with resin
how to remove bubbles from resin

11. Once you have completed your major pours and everything has dried according to the directions of your resin, flip the piece over and remove the tape. If your tape is leaving behind residue, use rubbing alcohol to help remove it.

how to pour resin

12. Now, repeat your resin steps on the front of the piece (if necessary). I had small voids I wanted to fill, so I worked in small sections with the resin and my Bernzomatic TS4000 torch.

how to make a resin table

13. Once everything has dried, use a belt sander to remover the dried, excess resin from the top of the piece. You will have to sand a lot here. So, again, patience will become a virtue. I sanded with 80 grit sandpaper until all of the leftover resin was gone, and then gradually worked my way to 400 grit with my random orbital sander.

Important: Resin is extremely hazardous to your lungs, so please wear a respirator and utilize appropriate dust collection methods throughout this process.

how to sand resin

14. Once your piece is sanded to your liking, remove all dust and apply a finish to protect the work and help it shine.

rubio monocoat resin

15. Last, add your legs!

how to make a live edge table
Now admire that handy work, invite your friends over for a party, and maybe even do a happy dance!

how to pour colored resin

With the right tools, resin projects can be fun and easy! I am so happy with the way this turned out, especially knowing that there is nothing else in the world like it. I can’t wait to create my next piece!

Until then, make sure to stay on top of this project by  Pinning It for later. Also be sure to visit Bernzomatic’s Torch Bearers website for more fun DIY ideas with your torches!

pinterest live edge table

This post is sponsored by Bernzomatic. While compensation has been received for this post, all design ideas, product opinions, and resin color choices are my own. For my full disclosure policy, click here.

This post may contain affiliate linking. While these links cost no extra for you to use, a percentage of all sales made through these links will help fund future DIY Huntress projects. For more information, please visit my "About Me" page. Thank you!

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6 comments

  1. Thank you so much for these fabulous tips! Can’t wait to try this. The blue with the wood hue is fantastic! Thank you for generously sharing this tutorial!

  2. This is really a informative article. I just like your tremendous tips. I also like the blue with the wood hue it’s look really awesome. And i am going to check it out as soon as possible. Thanks for the sharing your informative article.

  3. I watched your posts on Instagram but just got to read the tutorial. I can’t wait to try this! Your table turned out gorgeous! I got anxiety when I got to the part about having to be patient and wait. I’m so impatient! 😉

  4. A little trick that we use for large epoxy pours is to use old pieces of paper or craft paper and a bit of wood glue and coat the paper with the glue and apply to the hole underneath the table. You have to give a thin coat of glue to the paper so the epoxy does not go through the paper and it wont sag. This will help combat against the nasty leaks that are always hard to control once they start! Keep up the great work!

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