Anyone dabble with wood and resin?

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  1. wannabapro

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    When we decided the kids would do school at home this year I realized that they each needed a desk to work on/computer. I had bought some resin and had some kiln dried lumber. Did a lot of research and lots of YouTube. As long as you have some basic tools and know a few tricks it’s not hard - just takes a lot of prep time. Made each of the kids a table. They helped by picking their colors and doing their own pour of the casting resin.

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    Here’s the other one. They love them.
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    Then my mom said she wanted a coffee table and had an old one from her grandfather that was probably over 100 years old. I removed the top, cut it to a better length and went from there. Much more challenging but looks good.

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    Nice.
    More than anything, they’ll remember this the rest of their lives.
    Way to go “Pops”


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    I took the 20” piece I cut off that table slab and am making a 12x18” serving tray for mom for Christmas. Still in process... As always - pics don’t do it justice. Yes I have a thing for Petoskey Stones. I collect and polish them.

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    Thanks for the thought - you are spot on. The kids and I each signed our initials and dated it with a Sharpie on the bottoms.
     
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    Great job and taking time to spend with your kids. See if you can find some spalted maple and do this to it. It would stand right out. I have never tried pour epoxy but I used a hardner and turned some bowls and vases out of the spalted maple I had
     
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    Scout yes you can buy dried hardwood slabs. Spalted maple looks amazing. Next summer planning to do a coffee table for my place and maybe a dining table. Will find a nice piece of live edge slab wood for those projects.
     
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    Cool stuff.

    Quarter sawn sycamore is pretty cool too.
     
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    Is the resin costly?
     
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    The resin is not cheap. About $100 per gal for what I settled on. Lots of choices out there. The kids’ tables were about 18” x 40” x 3/4” and took about 80-90 oz of casting resin and another 30 oz of top coat resin each.
     
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    Another wood that wouldlook real good doing this to is box elder. When I had my sawmill I learned a lot of different tricks people used that I had never heard of before. I sawed a lot of wood by Niles for a guy whose uncle was a Japanese guy. They would cut box elder and then sink it in a bayou on the St Joe river for months to a year. Anywhere there was a imb or a change in grain a fungus would go to work and when sawed these areas were a pastel colors. They really stood out
     
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    I have a cousin that made a coffee table / cribbage board back over 40 years ago. Just in case you run out of ideas sometime


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