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Project by LoganN posted 07-27-2018 10:17 PM 903 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There have been a lot of these tables being made, but one of the things I don’t like about some of them is the loss of the view of the live edge of the slab. I wanted to make a table that incorporate both the live edge and a river look. This is made with a maple slab, ecopoxy 2:1 liquid plastic, and black diamond pigments bora bora blue. This has a layer of thicker pigmented epoxy in a lower layer and then another layer (1.25 inches) of the lighter pigmented epoxy.
For those thinking about doing one of these, pouring the epoxy isn’t bad – just make sure your form is epoxy tight! The hardest part I had with this was getting a good finish on it. I’ve seen many people sand to 3-500 grit and then coat it with oil. That’s great, but the oil doesn’t stay and Rubio monocoat leaves it with a matte finish. I wanted a gloss finish so I needed to do a lot of sanding. Up to 7000 and then I used car polish for a final sanding coat
The base is mahogany for the legs and some cool shop wood I had laying around.





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#1 posted 07-27-2018 10:58 PM

very nice work,that river looks cool enough to take a swim.i like the way you did the legs too.great job logan.

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#2 posted 07-27-2018 11:27 PM



very nice work,that river looks cool enough to take a swim.i like the way you did the legs too.great job logan.

- pottz


The canted legs really set this off. The inside live edge is another interesting factor too.

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#3 posted 07-28-2018 12:23 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done!

Rick

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#4 posted 07-28-2018 02:20 AM

Nice. I like what you did with the legs and the shelf. I also like your choice of the gradient approach to pigment in the epoxy.

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#5 posted 07-28-2018 03:37 AM

Nice build, been wanting to make something along these lines.

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#6 posted 07-28-2018 03:54 AM

I like what you did with the live edge, usually it’s on the outer, and you used it to illuminate the banks of your little creek. Maybe others have done this, but it’s the first I have seen it. So really nice work, and kudos on the design. It might be too playful, but I can see a small carved turtle coming out of the water as a conversation starter.

Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 07-28-2018 09:34 AM

Beautiful! I use StoneCoat or polyeurathane for top coats, Sometimes lacquer, You only have to sand the epoxy to 220. After the top coat dries for a few days polish with Mguires 105 or any other polishing compound with a n ocilating buffer/polisher (You can get one at Harbor Freight for like $30) it removes any nibs and minor imperfections, Comes out like glass.

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#8 posted 07-28-2018 01:42 PM

Thanks everyone! I’m glad you all like the legs – that was a last minute design. I had a metal base I was going to use, but it was a little too long and didn’t quite fit the piece, so I looked around the shop at what I had and decided to do this!
MJR – I tried to use poly on a smaller piece first, but it kept laying down ugly, so I decided to abandon that idea. Maybe I’ll try again on another project.

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#9 posted 07-28-2018 02:13 PM

These 2 tables are Ecopoxy sanded to 220 and 3-4 coats of poly then polished with polishing compound, Like glass…


Thanks everyone! I’m glad you all like the legs – that was a last minute design. I had a metal base I was going to use, but it was a little too long and didn’t quite fit the piece, so I looked around the shop at what I had and decided to do this!
MJR – I tried to use poly on a smaller piece first, but it kept laying down ugly, so I decided to abandon that idea. Maybe I’ll try again on another project.

- LoganN


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#10 posted 07-28-2018 03:23 PM

You did a very nice job on this river table. It’s a real eye catcher.

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#11 posted 07-28-2018 08:21 PM

Double Bubble, sorry it posted twice.

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#12 posted 07-28-2018 08:22 PM

MJR, that white base on that table is just slick. Adornment and joinery in one?

Logan your legs are also very nice. I think I would have found a less busy board for it, would be my only thought. That top is all the magic any one piece needs. Maybe just a plain, non edge grain, piece of whitish Maple. Congrats on your 3.

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