Looking to create a large epoxy project? They take a lot of time and patience, but if you follow Steve’s guide, you’ll have a stress-free experience! In today’s tutorial, follow along as Steve constructs a stunning, 7-foot dining room table using deep pour epoxy.
Skill Level: Intermediate/Expert
Estimated Working Time: 14 Days
What You’ll Need:
- Upstart Epoxy Deep Pour Resin
- Upstart Epoxy Powdered Pigments Set
- Wood Slabs
- Tyvek Tape
- Rubio Monocoat
For this project, we decided to create our own form with plywood, Tyvek tape, and silicone to seal it all in and prevent leaks. We wanted this epoxy dining table to have a unique look, so we cut off the edges on each corner- you’ll find out more about why we did that later! Before we got started, we put some weights onto our mold to hold our wood slabs down.
Mixing the Resin for Your Epoxy Dining Room Table
Now it was time to mix up a fresh batch of deep pour epoxy! As this epoxy resin dining room table was estimated to be about 7 feet long, we poured anywhere from 12 to 14 gallons of deep pour, pouring at 2 inches.
It was a LOT of pouring and even more mixing, but if you’re making a project that will be this large, you have to do it. When you're pouring at this level of volume, it’s imperative that you have some cool air blowing in the room to cool down the epoxy as it cures. For this port, we used a couple of fans on each side of the room to keep it cool.
We wanted this epoxy dining table to have a pearlescent look so we took a silvery-white shade from our powdered pigments set and mixed it into our deep pour. We got a sheer, metallic color that we absolutely loved, and would be perfect for the dining room table we were creating.
Let the Table Cure
After pouring, we let this epoxy dining table cure for nearly 10 days! This is longer than usual, but we wanted to make sure everything was solid before moving to the next step, especially since it’s so large!
Once we were sure it had cured properly, we had it planed so that it could be flattened on both sides. Once that was all done, it was time to sand- which we knew would be the longest step in this process.
Finishing Your Epoxy Resin Dining Room Table
It took us about three and a half hours to properly sand this epoxy resin dining room table, folks. We started with 80-grit, focusing on all the little chips and imperfections that were left over from the planing. This is a process that can take a very long time, but you have to keep going over it until the chips come out. It’s worth it in the end, because you’ll love how smooth it will start to look.
We worked our way up to 120-grit with the sander, finishing it off at 600. We wanted to give this table a beveled edge, so we threw on a chamfer bit and we got those corners all routed out. A beveled edge is optional, but it always gives your work a crisp, clean, and polished look. If you’re looking for a classy, elegant finish to your epoxy dining tables, we highly recommend you try a beveled edge!
Then we took the table indoors and hit it with some Rubio Monocoat, which is an oil that locks into the wood and gives it some incredible shine. Once you’ve finished the application (be sure to follow the directions thoroughly), give it five days to cure and just watch how it exposes those amazing woodgrains and gives it a beautiful luster!
Time to Eat!
Once we had this table all cleaned up, we wiped it with a lint-free rag to get any excess product off so that we could see it in its final form. It was a satin finish, and it came out absolutely gorgeous- all of that hard work was worth it! If you have the patience and a little bit of finesse, why not try to DIY an epoxy resin dining room table if you haven’t already? In the new year, try an epoxy project that’s out of the ordinary, a little larger than normal, or out of your comfort zone.