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Glowing LED Resin River Table with Tutorial

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Project by Firepixie posted 12-13-2018 04:18 PM 7917 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made my first table!

I’ve always loved resin river tables, and I’ve used epoxy resin for art and jewelry but never on this scale before. It turned out stunning.. plenty of imperfections but I still absolutely love it.

I used East Coast Resin and a live edge walnut slab. I do electronics projects in “real life” so I couldn’t help but add a bunch of LEDs underneath, controlled by a microcontroller so they slowly color-shift and animate through a rainbow.

I made a DIY build tutorial focusing on techniques for soldering together the NeoPixels and electronics to make it glow. Build tutorial: https://learn.adafruit.com/glowing-neopixel-resin-river-table

The legs are laser cut from birch plywood and stained to match the tabletop. Every time I go into my dining room I dance a little jig. Please let me know what you think!



-- Erin St. Blaine - www.erinstblaine.com - www.firepixie.com twitter: @firepixie





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Steve

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 04:24 PM

Wow, that table is absolutely stunning. You did a great job on it

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 05:44 PM

ive seen a lot of river tables but nothing as cool as yours,you did an incredible job on this.id say your first project is gonna also be your first top 3.welcome to lumber jocks,cant wait to see more from you.
ps-your tutorial is also well done,i aint touching the coding part though,thats not in my wheel house-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 12-13-2018 05:55 PM

I love mixing LEDs and woodworking and have helped my wife the glass fuser display some of her projects.

Having that table slowly, but constantly changing colors and brightness really can give a sense it is alive. Nice work!

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#4 posted 12-13-2018 06:03 PM

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#5 posted 12-13-2018 06:20 PM

Stunning, I love the mixture of LED and resin. This is now on my bucket list of things to do some day!

-- I love the smell of wood chips in the morning

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#6 posted 12-13-2018 06:28 PM

Stunning!!!!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 12-13-2018 08:12 PM

Fantastic! The LEDs give an already beautiful table a whole new dimension. Creativity and execution are exceptional here!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 12-13-2018 10:26 PM

Wow, that is absolutely stunning!

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#9 posted 12-13-2018 10:36 PM

If my mind would quit jumping I’d be happy to tell you what I think, give me a week or so to settle down

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 12-14-2018 02:35 AM

That came out great. A very nice look. The LEDs are modern and slick, but I am more intrigued by the legs that look like they form branches. Those are awesome. Can you share closer pics of those? And describe a bit more about how you made them and how they are joined to the top?

Welcome to LumberJocks. Great first post.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#11 posted 12-14-2018 03:16 AM



Can you share closer pics of those? And describe a bit more about how you made them and how they are joined to the top?

Check out the tutorial link.. there are lots more photos and descriptions there. Thanks!!

-- Erin St. Blaine - www.erinstblaine.com - www.firepixie.com twitter: @firepixie

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#12 posted 12-14-2018 12:29 PM

You hit a homerun with this one. Well done, I have been kicking around trying one of these circuit playground discs. I used to work with electronics about 30 years ago and just recently stumbled across adafruit which got me thinking of trying to add some ideas into my woodworking. Wow has the world of electronics changed in 30 years…..:) Your project has inspired me. Thanks

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#13 posted 12-14-2018 12:43 PM

Fascinating work and with your attention to detail and imagination you’ve made an outstanding

first table Firepixie!

Congratulations.

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#14 posted 12-14-2018 01:27 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Petey

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#15 posted 12-14-2018 03:37 PM

Wow. Thank you for directing me back to the tutorial. Somehow I missed the last two pages When I looked at it the first time. They had such great details. Your work is even more impressive than the finished results, seeing the thought you put into the design and process. Very cool the way you made the skirting for the table.

Had a good laugh over your use of the cat food :) Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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