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« on: May 21, 2008 01:38:25 PM »

I didn't know where to put this, but here goes anyway. I want to make a resin-topped table for my sister's graduation. The idea is currently an endtable (yet to be purchased) with wood moulding around the top so I can pour resin in the middle, overtop of some old postal stamps. But is there a way I can make a resin top without the moulding? I've been looking at resin topped tables on craftster and I can't tell if some of them have anything holding the resin in. I've never used resin before and I want this to be professional, something she can have in her house for many years.

Also, will one container of resin be enough to cover an endtable top? I'm trying to be low budget, going yard sale shopping this weekend for the table.

Thanks for your help! If you have any other tips on resin, they would be very very welcome.

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2008 05:42:37 AM »

Good question. I don't work with resin, but I'm wondering if you can use moulding around the tabletop then remove it after the resin has dried. I'm thinking along the lines of using the moulding just as a form like they do before they pour concrete, then they remove the forms. I hope someone else on the board can help with this idea. Good luck, it sounds like a fun project.

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2008 07:44:10 AM »

if you could take the top of the table off lay it on wax paper and when you pour the resin pour in the center of the table and go slowly as to allow enough time for the resin to get to the edges..

The wax paper will not stick to the resin and the table top can easily come off even if you overpoured a little..

hope that helps..I dunno if I explained it ok..
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2008 02:11:10 PM »

smittenheart--thanks for the help. I think I have a good plan. Tomorrow I'm going table-hunting at yard sales. Fingers crossed!
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2008 09:26:04 AM »

I am planning on doing this with a table as well.

What I am planning to do is a combination of what was recommended above.
I am going to build a frame to go around the surface of table top (the concrete comment), and lining the frame with wax paper so the resin will not stick to the frame.  You will want to make sure the seal is tight to not allow gap where resin can drip down.
I was then going to mix the resin and pour it onto the table working from the center out.
I am not sure how much it is going to take, depends on the table and the thickness of resin you want to put on the table.  I am probably going to buy a couple of large cans of resin to make sure I have enough.

Let the resin firm up (I am plannignn on leaving it alone for at least 24 hours before I try to take the frame off.

I will let you know if this works, please let me know how your table worked out.
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