Epoxy river leaf table insert

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Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby crpoj13 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:30 pm

Drew up a river shape then carved it out of some black walnut, still need to apply more finishing to shine it all up. Fun project.
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby scottp55 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:14 pm

BEAUTIFUL!! :D
What epoxy? did you use, and how did you get the "Ripples and current" effect?
Someones going to Love that:)
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby dwilli9013 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:56 pm

Very Nice!!! I too am curious as to how you achieved that effect. My suspicion is it was carved in prior to the pouring of the resin. Whatever you did it adds a truly stunning effect.
Thanks for sharing. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby ZipperHead55 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:08 am

I like the way you did this (using CNC)! I have seen LOTS of river tables, but most were done using live edge pieces, cut in half and the live edges forming the river banks. That is all well and good (if you don't have a CNC), but using the CNC to do the hydrography is genius!

I think the whole concept is starting to get overdone (much like barn wood "rustic" pieces) but this is an interesting take on it. Plus live edge wood is pretty expensive, and doing this with a CNC really opens up what you can do overall.

Great work!

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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby Tduffy » Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:20 pm

Nice work!!
I did something similar when I built our downstairs theater room and bar. I did ours out of cherry and the river is made of small pebbles with an epoxy flood coat. It's fun to utilize the CNC in these applications.
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby martin54 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:03 am

Interesting take on it & saves a lot of money in Resin :lol: :lol: How do you intend to finish it ? Wooden legs ? Metal frame ?
How deep is the resin Layer ? Using a thinner layer like that not only reduces the amount of resin required but also the type of resin required, normal glasscast would do that I would imagine rather than requiring something like glasscast 50

Tom love that idea as well with the pebbles, although you forgot to machine a couple of fish to set in the resin above the pebbles :lol: :lol:
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby Creation in Wood » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:06 pm

Looks great
Thank You
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby crpoj13 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:27 pm

Yes I carved the river shape to a certain depth and then filled with ecopoxy. Thanks for the comments. Will try and remember to post the finish pics.
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby scottp55 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:16 am

So the River shape was carved to all one depth?
And the tint was the "ripples/sandbars/current" effect?
Thanks! Ecopoxy is now bookmarked:)
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby Rcnewcomb » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:30 pm

filled with ecopoxy

I thought ecopoxy was just a typo, but I see it is a real product. I'll have to try Ecopoxy.
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby crpoj13 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:55 pm

Was able to finally finish my table insert. Very happy with how this turned out. I have been busy experimenting with other types of wood as well as other shapes and color fills. Too many ideas and not enough time or money to do them all. Story of my life.
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby 4DThinker » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:18 pm

I'm curious about the longevity of hardwood table tops that have an epoxy inlay given expansion/contraction differences between the materials. Board shrinks in width does it split or does the epoxy pop loose/buckle/whatever? Board expands when humid does the board cause the epoxy to crack/split/separate?

As I said, just curious.
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby scottp55 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:57 pm

Thanks VERY much for the end shot of the finished piece!
Beautiful job!! :D
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby crpoj13 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:24 pm

Not sure about longevity only time will tell, but I can say that the epoxy sure does bite very well so I don't believe that it will let go of the wood. While pouring you can see the epoxy starting to soak into the fibers.
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Re: Epoxy river leaf table insert

Postby Tailmaker » Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:39 am

4DThinker wrote:....... Board shrinks in width does it split or does the epoxy pop loose/buckle/whatever? ....


I used tabletop epoxy (with wood dust filler) to glue/embed these eastern red cedar (i.e. Juniper, about 1/4" thick) slices into place, then sanded flush and finished with Epifanes.

Now, after a few years it is holding up well and no delamination but I see the epoxy welling up a few thousand between the slices (which may have expanded a little). That means, although fully cured and apparently hard, the epoxy still is viscous and deformable to a degree if the forces are applied over long enough time. I suspect, same will happen to such a river. You may get a slight visible bulge or depression depending on the wood movement but I don't find it bad with my table.

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