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Project by doubleDD posted 08-08-2019 07:05 PM 882 views 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first try at a epoxy table. I still have visions of melting glacier water that I saw when we vacationed in Alaska a few years back. I wanted to try one of these tables for some time now so I used the images in my head for inspiration. I had this big hunk of burl from LJ Tim387, thanks Tim, sitting around waiting for that special project and last week it started to become a reality.

2nd pic is the frame-up with the pieces screwed from the bottom as not to float when the epoxy is poured.
3rd pic is after the first pour. A dark blue mixture to represent deep water. Additional pours where added with different colors to get a better effect.
6th pic is a close-up of what I tried to copy of the different water color of the melting glacier. I feel I did a good job at that.

The wood used is Maple burl for the table top. I used Honeylocust for the stand from logs I got from a friends tree.
All in all it turned out great for my first try. The name came to me while in the process of building so I stuck with it. I’m anxious to try another. Table is 18’’ x 24’’ x 22’’ h. It’s about 1 1/2’’ thick.
Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 08-08-2019 07:30 PM

This is amazing work Dave! The color is so striking and it pops right out at you. A great way to display that nice burl wood. The blew one really look like deep cold water in pic 6. I swear I can see it moving.
Super nice work buddy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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kdc68

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#2 posted 08-08-2019 08:29 PM

It does look like water, I think you nailed it ! Beautiful job Dave !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 08-08-2019 08:32 PM

Thanks Tony. The colors do pop out at you especially if you have it in the sun or light. The pictures aren’t doing it justice You can easily see through the dark blue side of the table. I thought of putting some sort of light there to light it up. Lots of options I have to consider yet on this one or the next.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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John

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#4 posted 08-08-2019 09:20 PM

That’s a really cool table Dave, I like the idea of the islands in water! I don’t know much about doing a project like this, how much Epoxy did you use? Did you notice any heat build up while it was setting?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 08-08-2019 09:24 PM

Nice work, Dave! It’s a pretty one. Good job doing the multiple layers to get the water effect.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 08-08-2019 09:27 PM

WOW..That is a beautiful table, Dave!! How much epoxy did it take? What brand did you use?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-08-2019 10:44 PM

Yes, amazing work. That’s absolute art.
Fantastic.
You could sell that end table as a tropical holiday destination.
Sensational work
Regards Anth

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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#8 posted 08-08-2019 11:12 PM

Great Project Dave….I have never done any Epoxy Projects. They certainly look very appealing.

It would have been a good trip in Alaska…..Beautiful Country. Been to Anchorage Donkeys years ago. I loved it, the people there were very friendly.

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 08-08-2019 11:44 PM

Thanks kdc. At first I was worried I couldn’t get the effect I wanted but keft at it.

Hi John. I used just a tad over a gallon of epoxy. I had figured it would take over two. It heated up on the second pour some. I believe that had to do with being over a 1/4’’. It was warm but not hot to the touch at all.

Thanks Dave. Nothing like trying new things to keep the spirit going. haha

Hi Jim. It took a bit over a gallon of epoxy. I used the Pro Marine brand. I picked up a gallon kit for free so I bought a 2 gallon kit to keep it the same.

Thanks Anthony. I had a offer already for it but being my first it will be used as a end table in our spare bedroom.

Hi Cliff. Thanks for looking. Yea, Alaska was beautiful and open. We visited several towns while there. Started in Whittier from the cruise, toured Anchorage and other towns and ended up in Fairbanks.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#10 posted 08-09-2019 12:03 AM

Back again, Have you considered adding a few sparkling flakes to the mix? I like the idea of adding a light that would be really cool.
On another note.. I see I spelled blue the wrong way in my last comment! Dah! I should proof read what I type! LOL!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 08-09-2019 12:09 AM

Beautiful work Dave you certainly nailed it.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#12 posted 08-09-2019 01:55 AM

That came out great. I really like that one bookmatched section of burl. Well done.

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

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 08-09-2019 02:37 AM

Hi Tony. In the first picture between the two pieces of burl on top I sprayed some metallic silver spray paint in the second pour. It does show on the table as floating around but you don’t see it in the picture. I’ll try to see if I can get it to show up on a picture and post it tomorrow if it works. I guess you blue it by spelling blew wrong. I leave out letters a lot of times. Must be a sign of our deep knowledge. LOL.

Thanks Bob. It’s like one more thing off the bucket list.

Thanks swirt. I wanted to get two book matched pieces out of the burl but I had to improvise.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 08-09-2019 03:07 AM

Magnificant shapes and colours indeed!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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doubleDD

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#15 posted 08-09-2019 04:09 AM

Thanks Ivan. I wish the pictures would show more detail.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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