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How To Use Epoxy Resin?

Are you thinking about using epoxy resin on wood? The resin is a natural or synthetic viscous liquid substance, often used in various industrial processes. The two-part epoxy resin consists of two liquid materials that, once they are mixed start a hardening process. It is a very useful substance when you want to shape, glue or put a glassing over an item. Here, we will explain everything you need to know when using these materials.

Firstly, before using any resin product, you should carefully read the manufacturer's instructions with the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). If the MSDS is not included with your resin, you can find often find it on the manufacturer's website or at:

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The majority of all resins are nontoxic and made from organic materials. If the resin is in liquid form, it can irritate your eye and skin, however, after it hardens it is not an irritator anymore. When operating with epoxy resins, the following precautions are adviced:

  • Do your work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Get yourself a respirator with the right filters, if you work with resin regularly.
  • Always wear safety glasses and gloves
  • Wet-sand your resin to minimize resin dust
  • Dispose of your resin in line with the manufacturer recommendation

The Basic terms:

Resin: The first part of your two-part formula. Click here to bu

Hardener: The second part of your two-part formula.

Mixing ratio: The exact proportion of the first and the second part as described by the manufacturer.

Cure time: The time required for the mixed formula to harden.

Pot life: The time after the mixed formula begins to thicken.

High viscosity: A liquid that is thick and doesn't flow much.

Low viscosity: A liquid state that is thin and flows easily.

Epoxy resin adhesive: A component that is primarily used as glue. Mostly available at hardware stores.

The Characteristics:

  • Fast cure time
  • Short pot life
  • High viscosity
  • Chemical Odor

Epoxy resin: A component mostly used for coating and casting. It is mostly available at jewelry suppliers, craft stores and surf shops.



  • Longer cure time
  • Longer pot life
  • Lower viscosity
  • Less Odor

How to Use Epoxy Resin and How To Work With It?

Epoxy resins usually consist of two parts: the resin and the hardener. Those two parts are then combined in the exact ratio provided by the manufacturer's manual.

Wrong measuring and mixing mean that the resin will not harden in the right way. If you have a small batch, you can use plastic medicine cups to measure the resin and hardener.

If you are using larger quantities of resin, it is better to use a digital scale.

Mix the resin and hardener using a toothpick or a wooden stick. You should stir gently to keep the air out of your mixture.

If you notice air bubbles, you can pop them with a pin. Another method is to exhale or use a fan or a hair dryer to blow warm air over the resin surface to pop those air bubbles.

Adding color to the resin


When trying out different color additives, it is better to mix them with epoxy adhesives first as they cure quicker and are cheaper than epoxy resin, meant for casting. We were successful with the following additives:

Take note that additives can change the required two-part ratio. It is therefore advisable to check the manufacturer's instructions before adding any colorants.

How To Use Epoxy Resin on Wood Step-by-step

  • Mix the epoxy resin. Make sure you wear some kind of gloves (latex is appropriate) then combine the resin and hardener in the ratio described by the manufacturer's If you added any colorants, make sure that you adjust your ratio in line with the manual.

To mix the ingredients, use a toothpick or a wooden stick and move it in a figure 8 motion.

  • Add a colorant. You can also use a colorant offered by your resin manufacturer. Apply it with a toothpick and mix the compound well. It is a good idea to add just a small amount of coloring at a time until you get your desired color.
  • Put the resin on your item. Be careful, how you approach that step as you should try to avoid putting resin in the openings of the tube components. Pour the resin gently to avoid creating air bubbles. Until the resin thickens a bit, you might have to keep an eye on it, so it stays in your preferred shape.
  • Remove the air bubbles. You can achieve that using a pin or another small sharp object.
  • Cover and cure the resin. Put your assembly into a safe place and wait until the resin air-cures in-line with the manufacturer's manual. You can also leave some resin in your cup, so you can check the thickening process without having to touch your assembly.

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How to Make a Resin and Wood Coffee Table

Have you seen those resin and wood coffee tables making the rounds on social media lately?

These stunning creations look fantastic and could help to spruce up just about any room - but buying one pre-made can be a seriously expensive endeavor. The good news is that if it's too expensive to buy the perfect table, you can always make your own with some tips from Pinterest and plenty of patience.

All you need to do to get started is sketch up a design idea and follow the steps we cover below. Keep in mind that your design should be relatively simply to start with - particularly if you're a beginner.


Gathering Materials

The first thing you need for a great table are the right supplies.

Check out some live edge wood slabs in your area to see what kind of options are available. 

Then you can research the different resins that are designed to work with wood.


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When you're finished researching, you should have a supply list that looks something like this:

  • Primer spray-paints
  • Handheld torch
  • Disposable cups
  • Respirator

Prepping the Resin


Decide what kind of color you'd like your table to be, this will help you to choose the right acrylic for your mixture. It's helpful to create a couple of test pucks that you can use alongside the wood for the best effects. Generally, about one drop of acrylic for around 4 ounces of resin is a good mixture. You can always add more drops as you continue with your pour.

Once you're ready, create the pen for your table. This will make the shape of your finished product. Remove any backing on your acrylic sheets and use your clamps to keep the acrylic pieces together in a five-sided box. You can balance the bottom over the wood pieces you bought.

Make sure that the acrylic is level, so you don't have a wonky table. When you've got the right shape, cut your wood to fit within it, and make sure that you decide what kind of look you want to go for. You might have resin down the middle, on both sides of a piece of wood, or to one side of the wood.

Pouring and Waiting

Once everything is properly set, the next step is pouring. Make sure you measure your resin mixture properly and mix it as thoroughly as you can. Ig you don't mix properly, your layers won't cure properly. Once you've got the resin set up, you can add your color. Remember that a little bit goes a long way. If you add too much, then you won't be able to see through the resin and enjoy the impact of the wood inside.

If you're worried about the epoxy sticking to the bottom of the acrylic piece, you can always line the acrylic with tape first - but it's not essential. As you pour, mix the epoxy well, and apply it in 1/8 layers for consistency. Following each pour, go in with your hand-held blowtorch and heat any areas where there might be trapped air bubbles. Don't leave the heat in one area for too long, as this will lead to burning.

When you're done, cover the table completely and wait for about 48 hours for it to cure. Remember to leave it as long as you can between each layer. It will take a while, but it makes sure that your layers are properly cured.

Releasing and Sanding the Table


Ideally, for your last pour, you should probably keep the resin clear, as this will help you to keep the color and style of the wood. When your final layer is finished curing, you'll need to remove it from the acrylic mold, which you can do using a hammer and chisel. The sides should come off easily enough by themselves.

Even if you managed a perfect pour, and you don't have any bumps because you didn't like the acrylic with tape, you'll still need to sand your new creation. The good news is that you can do this with a relatively simple orbital sander. Make sure that you have grit or sandpaper options in 60, 100, 120, 150, 220, and various other sizes. The smallest grit will remove material from the top of your table, which is essential for getting rid of any mistakes.

If you wanted a perfect table to sell online, then you might need more of a hardcore sander. However, if you're using the table yourself, you should get by perfectly well with an orbital sander. Just make sure that whatever you do, you don't forget about wearing protection. You should have both your safety goggles and respirator masks on at all times during this part of the process. By the time you're finished sanding, you're likely to be covered in dust.

If you're worried about an extensive cleaning up process, a good way to simplify things is to wear long sleeves. Remember, sanding isn't exactly the best part of making your table, and it requires a lot of patience. However, if you stick with it, you should have a fantastic finished product.

A good way to make sure that your sanding goes as smoothly as possible is to take some time feeling over the resin before you start standing. If you notice a soft or sticky spot, tape of the side, and pour a thin layer of resin onto the spot. This will help to encase the sticky spot. If you accidentally sand over one of these spots instead, you'll have to heat up the spot manually and chisel the smeared resin out of the layer. Acetone can be a good way to remove any sticky residue until you get to a solid layer in your table, or you can try nail polish remover instead.

Once you're finished chipping out and removing your mistakes, you can sand down the entire table until everything blends properly together. Some areas will require a lighter touch than others, and it's important to be careful as you go. You can always finish any problem spots with an extra layer of resin.

Finishing and Adding Legs To the Wood and Resin Coffee Table

To complete the table, clean the surface with a vacuum and tack cloth, then use wood conditioner and stain to finish the wood. Once everything is dry, you can go over the table again with a polyacrylic base. Ideally, you'll want a spray finish, as this will help to give you a more balanced look throughout the entire table.

Based on the type of table design you're trying to create, you may not want to be able to see the legs of your table through the resin. This might mean that you choose a three-legged table or something else entirely. Whatever you decide to buy for your legs, make sure that you clean the pieces before you attach them to your table, then place them to wherever you want them and screw them in carefully.

Though it's not too difficult to make a table like this one, it's important to remember that there are plenty of things that can go wrong when you're working with wood and resin. The good news is that if you do have some space to practice, you'll find that it's incredibly easy to learn plenty of new skills. Additionally, as you're working through making your table, make sure that you double check every instruction you need to follow, so you don't have to go back and try and fix your mistakes in the future. Additionally, if you do have access to a plantar sander, it makes sense to use it.

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Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table DIY




This modern coffee table is made of extra thick and reclaimed wood boards salvaged from an old warehouse door. Combined with the industrial – looking massive steel framework this one of a kind wood coffee table can be used in a variety of rooms. The surface has been left almost untreated. It is protected using a special oiling process to keep the raw touch and functionality. The framework of the salvage low coffee table is made of reclaimed and sandblasted iron protected with a black long-lasting color.

Product information for this modern coffee table:

~Measurements : Height: 28 cm Width: 35cm Length: 45cm
-Designed and Constructed In Slovenija
~Natural Hard wax oil finish
~Transport costs are on top of the offered price

The table can be picked up directly from the workshop or shipped nationally or internationally.

Please contact us for a delivery cost.

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