passion meets design - individual river tables - built just to your dreams

An Epoxy River Table is a hybrid furniture, made out of wooden planks and rein in between. Often the blanks keep their natural edges. The resin epoxy between the gaps in the wood looks like a flowing river. 

 

An epoxy river table is a piece of art that radiates luxury and modernity at the same time. 

 

The key to making a truly beautiful river table is choosing the perfect wood. It's worth digging a little deeper into your pocket in favour of good quality wood. The wood you choose should be as natural as possible. A so-called “natural edge” with bark looks very stylish. The most important thing is that the wood is well dried. Ideally the moisture content should be less than 12%.

Our designers gladly help you to find the perfect base for your dream table .

The unbelievably bold and modern tables take the eye-catching live-edge slab tables and add a faux “river” made of a watery hue of epoxy.

 

If you love modern, minimalist, eclectic, transitional, Bohemian, or even industrial design, these tables could be just the piece of furniture you need. Every single one of these tables is uniquely made by our specialists who know how to bring out the best in natural wood. They also know how to add the perfect colors in the epoxy to add an almost fantastical burst of color.

And if you like to integrate some of your keepsakes, this gives your table an even more individual touch - we help you finding the perfect options for whatever you can think of. 

Designing such a masterpiece hits us in the middle of our hearts every time: we love the creation process, we value your ideas and we celebrate every special table that leaves our workshop. 

We invite you to get some knowledge about the necessary steps to build your dream river table:

Step 1: Removing the bark and sanding the wood

  • The first step is the removal of any remaining bark with a chisel. Although the bark looks very nice, it does not form an ideal bonding base for the epoxy resin. Then we grind the edges by hand with sandpaper, so that wood and resin can later combine optimally.

  • Now we sand the large surfaces of the wood smoothly. In several steps we sand from an 80 grit up to 220 grit. After each grit size the dust is being removed from the boards. The sides will be finished by hand with sandpaper.

  • Finally, the wood must be cleaned extremely thoroughly from all dust residues.  In a final step we wipe it with a microfibre cloth to get rid of the last fine sanding dust.

Step 2: Fill in bumps and cracks and seal the wood

  • Now all unevenness, cracks and porous areas in the wood must be levelled. These are simply filled with crystal clear, unpigmented epoxy resin. If you want to even out any unevenness in unfavourably located areas at the edges, we can seal the edges in advance with a very strong adhesive tape. This will prevent the resin from running over the edges afterwards.

  • After the filled up resin has dried, the whole wood is sealed. We use a crystal-clear material over the entire wood surface. This sealing prevents later outgassing of the wood. The sealant must then dry very well. 

  • After curing we do slightly roughen the inner edges, that will later come into contact with the cast resin, by hand with sandpaper. This will create the perfect base for the resin to bond with the edges.
     

Step 3: Build a mould / formwork for the table top

  • Next, a mould is being built in the desired length and size of your table. 

  • The side panels should protrude the actual table top. There are two possibilities for joining the underside with the side panels: either the individual parts can be screwed together or joined together with hot glue.


Step 4: Inserting the wood into the mould

  • We now make sure that the work surface on which the mould rests is really 100% in balance. Otherwise the resin would become skewed after filling and possibly leak. Once this has been ensured, the wood is now placed in the mould. To do this, the wood is pushed into the position that it should have when the table is finished and then fixed with several parallel clamps. 

  • In order to prevent the resin from later being present on the entire table and not just in the gutter provided for it, we draw a kind of barrier of sanitary silicone along the inner edges at a distance of 1 ".
     

Step 5: Mix epoxy resin

Resin is a very sensitive material. From a certain amount and height it starts to get extremely hot and in extreme cases boils and thus becomes either cloudy or directly unusable. Therefore it may be necessary to cast the resin in several layers. How many layers are required, or the maximum layer height and maximum amount to be mixed, ultimately depends on the thickness of your table top. We do use only high quality resin/epoxy for our products as we found out, that this is essential.

Step 6: Colouring the resin Creating a water effect​

  • If you want to achieve the popular water look after mixing the two resin components, the appropriate colour pigments are now added to the epoxy resin. In general, there are no limits to the choice of colour.

  • When filling in the epoxy resin there are again two possibilities. You can either pour the resin from the two containers alternately into the mould or simultaneously from one side each. Slight circular movements, especially with the metallic epoxy resin, make the final result look lively.

  • Afterwards the epoxy resin has to cure very well.

  • At the end, the resulting pattern can be changed with a wooden stick or similar.

  • If you want to embed decorative elements such as shells, crystals or pebbles in the epoxy resin, then these should be added to the second layer. This has the advantage that they cannot sink to the bottom.

Step 7: Removal from the mould and sanding

  • Next, the cast table top is released from the mould. Afterwards the table top can be ground. This work is done by hand. We do sStart with an 80 grit and work our way up to 400 grit. At the end there is be no more resin on the wood.

Step 8: Finishing

  • Now we start the the finish, in order to protect the wood optimally. If you want to achieve a natural, matt look., the resin river  is thoroughly polished with a polishing machine and polishing paste. This procedure ensures that all traces of sanding are removed and a silky surface is achieved.

  • For a matt appearance, oil is then applied evenly over the entire table top with a soft cloth. This method seals the wood perfectly.

  • Finally we polish and oil (if necessary) the table before the perfectly sealed piece of furniture will leave our workshop to upgrade your home. 

Our customers are always invited to see their tables come to live - just call us for an appointment and watch us working!

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