I’m all about using things I already have laying around my shop (since, I’m basically a lumber hoarder). So, when I had some off-cuts available to use from my DIY resin and wood key holder, I knew I wanted to save them for a resin and wood coaster project. Even cooler, I had some deep pour epoxy leftover as well and made good use of that too! This is a project that has been on my list for a while, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
How To Make Resin & Wood Coasters
What I love most about these coasters (besides the fact that I got to use leftovers) is that they are super unique! I’m also still a super beginner at using epoxy resin for projects, and this one felt really manageable.
So, really, what I’m trying to say is that if I can do it, you most definitely can. Here’s how!
What You’ll Need:
1. Cut your wood pieces to fit in your silicone molds. The maple burl I used was too thick for the molds, so I used a bandsaw to cut them to a size that was slightly thicker than the depth of the molds.
I then used my miter saw to trim the pieces to size so they’d fit snugly inside the molds.
2. Next, clamp your wood pieces inside of your molds so they don’t float when you pour the resin.
3. Once the molds have been prepped, mix your epoxy resin according to the directions on the bottle. Mine was a 3:1 ratio deep pour product, so I was able to mix and pour the full depth amount in one shot. You can also add color as well – I chose a few drops of turquoise dye for mine!
4. Pour your resin! Make sure to use a torch or a heat gun to remove any air bubbles from the surface of the pour.
5. After the pour cures (this will depend on what type of resin you use), de-mold the coasters from the forms.
6. Next comes sanding! I started with 80 grit sanding discs to smooth the coasters flat and then gradually worked my way to 320 grit with the sander.
Once you’re done sanding with the sander, use hand sanding to smooth the rest of the coasters. I used a wet sanding method with waterproof sandpaper. I worked my way from 400 to 600 grit with this method.
7. After sanding, allow the pieces to dry and then apply a finish. I used a penetrating oil finish for my coasters, but you can use whatever works for you!
8. Allow time to dry, and then use them in your home!
I seriously love how unique these coasters are! They totally feel like one of a kind and I am so proud of the way they turned out!
Can’t wait to show these puppies off at our next BBQ!
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Now that I’m hooked on resin projects, I have so many bigger ideas floating around my head that I can’t wait to explore! Anything you’d like to see me make with resin? Let me know!
Until next time though… happy DIY’ing!