and I’m Daniel.
and this is JustMightDIY.
You know there’s nothing more than I love than swimming in the ocean
and I like surfing the couch.
So, we brought together the best of both worlds and made a
ocean front beach coffee resin poured table.
Also known as a resin ocean coffee table.
Heaaah! Ha haha!
There’s too many words!
But it’s really nice!
And we made it from scratch starting with a piece of plywood
and we’re gonna show you how we did it right now.
Ohhhhhh, I’m so bored!
But I’m not so we’re about to start this project.
We’re gonna take our board round the corners,
route the edges,
wax it, da sand it.
Wax on, wax off
wax on it wax off it.
We’re going to figure out the placement of the legs.
We got four of them!
and place our sliding hidden shelf.
Let’s do it.
We use duct tape to mark the cuts for
and then speed squared to outline the placement of the legs.
We mark the location of the screws so we could pre-drill the holes to make attaching the legs easier at the end.
As we started talking through the placement and function of the hidden storage JZ had a brilliant idea!
We went IKEA!
They had the perfect size sliding shelves that gave us all the hardware
and cut out a couple of extra steps on this project.
We cut another piece of plywood to act as a stabilizer as the top board would have to much give otherwise.
We used a jig saw to literally cut the corners and finish them off with a good sanding.
While he was working on
the sanding I got the router set up.
It was our first time using it so we were a bit nervous
but let me tell you that router made quick work of rounding those edges!
Then it was more sanding.
A lot more sanding.
After that we drilled the holes for the screws in the legs so we wouldn’t have to put pressure on the board after it was poured.
Then it was gluing down the
support, clamping it
and calling it a night.
With plans for two sliding shelves we cut four pieces of wood to attach rails to.
Sanded until they were even and went
ahead and attached those fully.
I’m so tired!
Wait! Why did you take the tire off my bicycle?!?
Where you going?!?
We have to paint!
Okay, so while Daniel’s running off with the tire to my bicycle we’re gonna finish the board
and the first thing we need to do is paint it.
That would give us a nice dark canvas to work with
so when we pour our ocean we don’t have to have as pigmented resin as we would if we just left the board bare.
After that the resin comes out but not for the ocean just yet.
We’re going to do this for a seal coat
which is going to seal the wood to make sure no extra air bubbles come up when we pour our actual ocean.
So, let’s do it!
The painting really served more as a
and just to cover up the grain of the wood in case it showed through any of the resin.
Divided the board into thirds because we wanted 1/3 sand and 2/3 ocean
with three colors of blue fading through the ocean.
Next we created a box to catch all the resin drips in,
made sure to tape up all of the seams and then line it in a plastic
and because resin is very temperature
sensitive we had to do this project inside
and set up a makeshift workshop in the dining room.
We taped the edges of the board on the underside of the table
so we could try to prevent some of those drips from curing on the actual coffee table.
We’ll link to the kind of tape we used.
And then it’s so very important when you’re working with resin to ensure that your creation is level before you begin.
We checked it in multiple spots and then we’re ready to pour.
Again this first coat was really just a seal coat
and this was meant to seal off the wood underneath so we weren’t going for a significant precision here
just enough to make sure that every inch of the board was covered
and then we ran our fingers along the edge just to make sure that we didn’t have any unevenness.
A quick hit with the torch ensured that we reduce the number of bubbles that would happen at this stage.
Guess what time it is.
It’s, uhhh, resin ocean beachfront coffee table pouring time?1
I mean, he’s not wrong.
So, it is time to pour the ocean and we have been practicing this pour for weeks.
We have done so many of these
but we only have two hands apiece so we can only show you four of the probably dozen that we have done.
Good news is; we figured out the method that we want to use
and that gives Daniel the honor of doing the actual resin pour
because he figured out how to make it work.
So without further ado!
Let’s do it!
Resin is notoriously finicky so make sure you follow the instructions for how long you’re supposed to mix it
and what temperatures you’re supposed to pour it at.
To do this big of a pour we learn very quickly not to pour too much resin at once
because it’s going to try to level itself out.
We laid the stand down first and there are first two blues.
I went to work mixing the two to create a nice gradient while Daniel took care of the beach line.
Next it was a line of clear followed by a line of white and then we started to blow the waves out with a heat gun.
On this we work very slowly and carefully trying to blow at the back of the line closest to the water
so we can keep that nice solid front line for the waves crashing on the beach.
You’ll notice that we didn’t pour the
second half of the ocean at this point.
That’s because we wanted to work the first wave first without disturbing the resin on the back half of the board
but do you know that you do have to work quickly because the resin wants to self level
and will start traveling back where there is no resin.
We took a little bit of time to ensure that the lines in the front were very smooth.
You’ll see we used a popsicle stick in some cases just to smooth out the lines
and then it was pouring the next two blues.
Again I went to mixing the two to create a nice gradient
while Daniel got the heat gun out to help make sure that where the two resins were gonna meet would move nicely.
One more round of mixing with a little
pitter-patter on the fingers
then it was another line of clear
followed by another line of white.
We did this little by little until we thought we had enough white on the board to start blowing the waves out
and then it was simply rinse and repeat using the heat gun to hit the back of the waves
until we had the effect that we wanted.
Another thing you’ll learn when you’re working with resin is that it does start to kick at some point
and that means that it starts to get a little gelatinous and it starts to firm up.
So you do have to keep
in mind what your working time on the resin is.
This resin that we’re using which is Pro Marine’s countertop epoxy gave us a longer working time
but not too long.
Once we are happy with the pour we hit
it with the torch to pop any bubbles
and then covered it to keep the dust out of it.
So I am stirring our resin for the flood pour on our ocean.
I’ve heard that it’s, uh, it looks pretty good underneath there there’s been a few
signs of life
It’s hard to say.
We chose to do a flood coat add an extra layer protection since the coffee table gets a lot of use.
We were nervous at first but
the first layer has set and didn’t budge at all.
Of course we covered it again and then
left it to cure three days.
Squeaky He he!
We are so excited because this turned out exactly the way that we hoped
and now we need to finish it.
So we’re gonna lay it down gently on a nice padded surface
so we don’t scratch it up as we’re doing the finishing work.
We’re going to take the tape off you get rid of our stalagmites.
Then we’re going to put our rail guards for our sliding drawers from IKEA inside of here
and then we’re going to finish it off with the legs.
Didn’t take us long to realize that we probably should try to find a way to pull the tape
before the epoxy had hardened completely for three days.
It was a little harder to remove than we had hoped and it turned out that we had a couple of chips on the board.
No worries though!
A little bit of superglue and we were able to make it just like new.
Attaching the legs was super easy since we had pre-drilled the holes
but we realize we forgot to drill the holes for the rails
so we had to use a right angle attachment in order to get those holes drilled
and then driving in the screws manually.
Once rails were on it was time to put in the sliding shelves
and I will tell you we were so excited!
Turns out they’re soft close and we had no idea!
So here it is!
The resin ocean coffee table complete with hidden storage.
Which is where we keep our placemats because we eat here a lot.
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Did you actually pour yourself something?