What is a River Table? What is an Ocean Table?

What is a River Table? What is an Ocean Table?

If you've spent any time browsing custom home decor or furniture websites, you may have come across  beautiful and unique pieces called  epoxy river tables, or other epoxy+wood decor items. The river tables are made by combining wood slabs with a river of epoxy resin to create a truly stunning and one-of-a-kind piece of furniture. In this blog, we'll explain what an epoxy river table is and how they are made.

 

What is an Epoxy River Table?

A river table is a stylish and eye-catching furniture piece that is crafted from two or more live edge wood slabs, often taken from the same slab, with an epoxy resin filling the gap between them. The result is a beautiful and unique table that showcases the natural beauty of the wood while also adding a modern and stylish touch. Both the wood and the resin highlight the unique natural characteristics of life itself – suspended in a perfect balance forever.

 

What is an Ocean table?

Ocean tables are an eye-catching type of furniture, akin to river tables, but featuring the visual appearance of the ocean. Such pieces of furniture often utilize light colored wood and much more epoxy resin, and are expertly crafted to generate an impression of waves, foam, and bubbles - giving the furniture a lively, realistic feel of a tropical beach setting. The resin can also be tinted blue and green, to give a water-like appearance, with further enhancement via real sand, shells, or stones. To make sure the resin flows correctly and the piece is secure, a meticulous design plan and attentive fabrication are needed. In contrast, river tables offer the steady flow of a river, while ocean tables showcase the constantly changing ocean environment. Both provide gorgeous, one-of-a-kind furniture to bring character and charm to a home or office.

 

What is a Slab Encased Epoxy Table?

Also referred to as a reverse river table, a slab encased epoxy table is crafted from a live edge wood slab and epoxy resin. In this design, the wood is used to fill the center, with the epoxy forming the outside edges, making the entire slab of wood stand out even more as it is fully encased in the epoxy.

 

How We Make Each River Table

  1. Hand-Select Each Live Edge Wood Slab - First and foremost, the right wood must be chosen for the river table, which must be both air and kiln-dried for larger pieces that may warp over time.
  2. Cut the Slab in Half and Flatten the Slab - After the live edge slab is cut down the middle, the edges must be squared and flattened using a slab flatter in order to create a smooth top for the table.
  3. Remove Any Bark and Sand the Wood - Hand sanding the live edge wood, typically starting with 80 grit sandpaper and working up to 220, is crucial to ensuring the epoxy can bond to the wood properly.
  4. Create a Mold - Placing a 2” thick piece of wood around the live edge slabs to hold them in position and adding a flat piece of plastic under the wood allows the epoxy to dry perfectly flat.
  5. Caulk the Top, Bottom, and Ends of the Slab - Carefully caulking around the part is needed to create a dam to stop the epoxy from overflowing onto the tabletop.
  6. Clamp the Wood in Place - Using parallel clamps, the wood slabs are secured in place as the epoxy is poured into the middle of the tabletop.
  7. Mix the Epoxy Resin and Do a Deep Pour - Following the manufacturer's instructions, the epoxy is mixed and, if desired, colored. A thin layer of epoxy is poured in and allowed to dry completely in order to check for any leaks in the mold. The final deep pour can then be done, with the piece allowed to dry thoroughly overnight before sanding for the final finish.

 

Epoxy river tables are a beautiful and unique addition to any home or office. They showcase the natural beauty of wood while adding a modern and stylish touch. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture, consider investing in an epoxy river table. With its stunning design and high-quality construction, it's sure to be a piece that you'll enjoy for years to come.

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