A finished epoxy river table

Are you looking for a fun DIY project to work on? Do you want to build something that not only looks beautiful, but is functional as well? If so, we have the perfect DIY project for you – building a river table.

One of the hottest DIY trends of 2021, river tables can be a classy and unique addition to any space. They combine the elegance of artwork with the functionality of furniture. From rustic to modern, minimalist to eclectic, these tables can blend in seamlessly with any kind of décor.

An epoxy river table wiht red wood and a blue epoxy vein

What exactly is a river table? How did it get its name? What makes it such an exciting DIY project? Let’s answer these questions below:

What Is a River Table?

The river table is a hybrid table which is made of two pieces of wood with a gap in between – which is filled with deep pour epoxy resin. It is called so because the epoxy resin portion in the middle – with wooden planks on either side – resembles a flowing river stream.

The trend of handmade river tables initially started in the US. Now, it has become a global trend and has become popular with DIY enthusiasts all over the world.

What Makes River Tables a Hot DIY Trend?

River tables are a DIY enthusiast’s delight. You can let your creativity run wild and build a table which has your stamp all over it.

If you do not like live edge wood, you can use clear edge wood instead. If you do not like blue epoxy resin, you can blend it with any color you want and make the table look as colorful and vibrant as possible.

Simply put, building a river table is a great way to express your originality and creativity, which is why it remains a favorite of DIY enthusiasts and seasoned craftsmen alike.

How to Make a River Table?

River tables are generally made with live edge wood. The wooden planks used to make these tables have natural, unfinished edges – on one side or on both sides. The epoxy resin which fills the gap between the planks is generally dyed blue to make it look like water.

You can choose any type of wood you want to make a river table – as long as it is dry and flat. The most popular choices include walnut, oak, cedar, elm, and yew.

You need to choose a commercial grade deep pour epoxy resin for your river table. With regular epoxy resins, you might not be able to achieve the desired level of thickness needed for the table. Ideally, you should choose an epoxy resin which has the following qualities.

  •       Low viscosity
  •       Gives a crystal clear, high gloss finish
  •       Blends well with all colors (liquid as well as powdered pigments)
  •       Can be poured to a depth of 2 inches in a single pour
  •       Does not fade, crack, or yellow
  •       Free of volatile organic compounds and other harmful chemicals
An epoxy river table being worked on with a paintbrush

Choose The Right Deep Pour Epoxy For Your River Table

UltraClear Epoxy brings you the highest quality commercial grade deep pour epoxy you can find on the market today. Exceptionally durable and versatile, our epoxy makes it easier for you to get the crystal clear, glass-like you want. Free of harmful chemicals, our epoxy is a poignant choice for residential as well as commercial use.

If you’re ready to get started creating your very own river table, visit our online store HERE.

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