Through this article you will understand how to make an ocean inspired table using concrete and epoxy resin. As this design is quite simple, it allows you to customize it and add any other personal details.
Heart Pine wood
The heart pine wood will be used to make the legs for the table, however, you do not have to limit yourself to this, you can use any other type of wood that is available to you.
You will also need melamine, this will be used as a form for the concrete, melamine is usually used to make a form for concrete, this is done so that the concrete doesn't stick to the form and can be removed easily. . For the form you will need to cut the melamine into 5 pieces , 4 for the sides and 1 as the base. The size of the form will depend on how long you want the table to be.
You will then have to nail all the 4 sides of the melamine to the base, making sure to attach them as tightly as possible.
If you want the legs to be fixed inside the table then you will have to cut some more melamine that is similar to the size of the legs, you will then have to attach it on all four ends.
You then have to apply silicone sealant onto all the joins and cut out melamine, this is to prevent the concrete from sticking to the form.
Before you pour the concrete you will have to clean out the form, do this after the silicon sealant dries up. You can then start creating the concrete mixture, you can use the instructions provided on the project to get the required consistency.
You then have to put the concrete into the form, since we are trying to replicate the beach, the concrete does not have to be even, you can make one side thicker and thin it out on the other side. You can sand the side of the form to get rid of any bubbles in the concrete.
Make sure to add some texture on the top so that it is not too levelled. You can then leave the concrete to cure for about 48 hours. Cover the form with plastic so that it doesn't dry up too fast.
Next, you can now move on to make the legs. You will first need to cut any rough ends on the wood. You can then start cutting them into the size you want the legs to be. Make sure they are the same size as the marking made on the form.
Once all the legs are cut you can start sanding them. You will need to cut some more wood to act as a cross brace between the legs for the table.
Before you start pouring the resin onto the concrete you will need to scrape any extra concrete that is on the sides of the form, use a vacuum to clean out any concrete dust. You will then have to make the resin mixture, and add a few drops of blue dye into it. Now, pour a small layer of resin into the concrete, use a heat gun to prevent any bubbles from forming. Six hours after your first layer you will need to pour the second layer of resin. You will need to pour another layer of resin six hours after the second layer. You will need to repeat this for 2 more layers, after the animal layer you can leave it to cure for 2 days.
You then have to start taking off the sides of the form. You can use a chisel on the areas that get stuck to the resin.
Once all the form is separated from the concrete and resin, you will need to sand off the sides. You now have to attach the legs to the table. For you to do this, you will have to cut some more wood to form a cross that will hole the table. You will also have to carve the legs to fit the cross brace.
You will then need to drill screws between each one of the crosses. Now add glue onto the carves made on the leg and attach it to the crosses, you will need a strap to pull the legs inward, this will tighten and pull all of the joints together.
You will now start standing it, use 400 grit paper and start sanding all of the surfaces. You will then need to wet sand the resin surface. You can then start polishing the surface, this will be a tedious process and can be time consuming, might might have to sand certain areas again.
Once you are satisfied with the way the top looks you can move on to the legs, sand it a bit and then apply Danish oil onto them.
Place the top piece onto the legs and you are done.
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