How To Make a DIY Epoxy Resin Memory Table

Updated: Oct 15


Hey, you! Do you like spending time with your friends and family? Do you like having a special place to put your photos and memories on display? If you answered "yes" to both of those questions, I have the perfect project for you: an epoxy resin memory table.


You've seen those memory tables on Instagram, where people have glued pictures and trinkets to a wooden tabletop. They always look so cool, right? But what if you could take that idea to the next level and preserve your photos for years and years to come? Don't worry! You can!


This DIY epoxy resin memory table is the perfect way to keep all your memories close by, and it's an excellent project for anyone who loves spending time in the workshop. Best of all, it's easy to make and doesn't require any special tools or skills.


I promise it's easier than it sounds. So, get ready to make some beautiful memories of your own as I show you how to make a DIY epoxy resin memory table in a few steps. What are you waiting for? Grab a few supplies, and let's get started!


WHAT YOU'LL NEED


The best material for a DIY epoxy resin table is typically the flattest piece of live edge wood you can find, such as Yew, Elm, Oak, or Black Walnut, that has been properly air dried and the moisture level is below 20%. Properly air-drying wood can take up to a year. But don’t worry. You won’t need to cut and dry wood on your own. did mention this would be simple right?


You can purchase a pretreated piece of wood at your local hardware store. When done right, using wood reduces the possibility of movement and yields a more dependable and stable material for your table project. However, many people choose to go with the characterful live edge for a more distinctive and organic finish.


But, hey, I didn’t even have a nice piece of wood to start with. All I had was an old, metal bistro table I found at a local yard sale. In fact, the table top wasn’t even flat. BUT, click here to see how the heck I changed a waffle top table into a solid piece of beauty.



You'll need a few supplies to make your own DIY epoxy resin memory table. First, you'll need a table or other surface to work on. I suggest using a table at least 2 feet by 2 feet for best results.


Next, you'll need some epoxy resin. I recommend using a kit that comes with a resin and hardener, as this will ensure that your table is solid and durable.


Speaking of epoxy resin, I'll go ahead give a loud THAT'S WHAT'S UP to Clearcast 7050 Clear Epoxy Resin. If this is your first Solely Review experience we go over our review scale and the end.


Required Tools Continued


You'll also need gloves, a respirator (or face mask), and safety goggles to protect yourself while you work. Other materials you will need include epoxy resin, hardener, tabletop, glue, and sandpaper, and a torch or some form of fire to pop the bubbles and the resin dries.


Lastly, you'll need some decorations or mementos to put in the resin. Again, I suggest using things like shells, feathers, small pieces of wood, dried flowers and LOTS AND LOTS of pictures. Once you have all your supplies together, it's time to start!


The Process


STEP 1

Place your tabletop on a flat surface. If you chose fresh wood, attach the tabletop to the base using wood screws and glue. Then, apply a release agent to the surface of the tabletop. It will help prevent the epoxy resin from sticking to the surface.


Step 2

Mix the epoxy resin and hardener according to the instructions on the package. Be sure to mix them thoroughly. Then, pour the epoxy resin mixture onto the table top and spread it evenly with a spatula or my favorite tool of all – A BUTTER KNIFE! Do that carefully to get the best result for your DIY resin tabletop. Allow this to dry thoroughly as this will be your base coat.

Check the progress of your work.


Step 3

As it dries, you will see bubbles cropping up on the surface. Take your torch or long stem lighter to pop the bubbles. Any imperfections left during this step will remain in your final finish.


Step 4

Lightly sand once dry. Use a moist towel to wipe away the sand dust. Verify the dryness of the surface.


Step 5

Once the resin has cured and dried, you can start adding the finishing touches. This is where you allow your imagination to RUN WILD AND FREE! Carefully add photos, flowers, flat pebbles or any other decorations that you like. Feeling pickle-lish? Thros some in there. Who cares! It’s your memory right? – LOL. Just be careful not to overload your table preview– too much stuff can make it look cluttered and messy.

And voila – you've now got yourself an epoxy resin memory table!

In the end, you'll have a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that will remind you of your favorite memories. Why are you still reading, go grab your utensils, your creativity and have fun with it!


Epoxy Resin Memory Table Tips & Tricks


When it comes to making a DIY epoxy resin memory table, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. For starters, always use a respirator and gloves when working with epoxy resin – it's not the most poisonous material in the world, but it's still not something you want to be inhaling or getting on your skin.


Another thing to keep in mind is the temperature of your workspace. For example, the epoxy resin needs to be mixed and worked at a temperature of around 75F degrees. Any colder or hotter than that, the resin will start to harden or become slushy.


And finally, always use a heat gun or lighter when curing/ drying the resin. It will help speed up the process and ensure that your table is solidified and ready to use.


Making a DIY epoxy resin memory table is a great way to commemorate a loved one or special event. Not only is it a fun project, but it also turns out to be beautiful, and you have a lasting memory table of your own. Well, there you have it! Our complete guide on how to make an epoxy resin memory table. We hope you found it helpful.


Be sure to drop us a comment or picture of your complete project if you decide to try it out. We recommend starting with a small project to get the hang of things. And be sure to read all the safety warnings and instructions carefully before getting started.


Good luck and have fun!



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