Making a river table doesn’t have to be complicated or use fine woodworking skills. Here’s the easiest way to make a live edge river table with five minute epoxy!
Sometimes a trend is harder to spot than others, but epoxy resin poured river tables are all the rage right now. We’ve never made one because we haven’t had the need, but we decided to make an epoxy live edge side table for our son’s nursery.
However, ours is MUCH more beginner level DIY friendly by using Gorilla Glue Two-Part Epoxy. If you want to make a small live edge river table, this is the way to go!
Epoxy Live Edge River Table
Most epoxy tables are made with expensive resin and colored dye that can seem overwhelming. That has a glossy, clear look, but is more difficult to use and is the aforementioned expensive.
In our opinions, Gorilla Glue makes the best epoxy for a small, simple river table.
Tubes of Gorilla Glue’s Two-Part Epoxy are just a few bucks and we found that adding a few drops of acrylic craft paint to the mixture gives you a beautiful matte finish epoxy look.
We decided to do this project to build a side table for the nursery, but you could also use it on a coffee table!
We used a live edge piece of black walnut that we cut off of long slabs that we used for our live edge shelves above our bar a few weeks ago. The piece had a nice crack from one edge and was perfect for filling.
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How to pour an epoxy river table
We started out by using painters tape to cover the bottom side of the crack, the outside edge, and then along the crack on the top. This will hold in the epoxy.
Then we mixed several tubes of the Gorilla Glue Two-Part Epoxy together in a bowl and added about 10 small drops of acrylic craft paint in a color that will match the wallpaper we plan to hang.
When it was mixed, we poured it into the crack. Make sure to go quickly, or it will solidify and you’ll lose the whole batch! It solidifies in about 2 minutes.
How to build a river table
We let it dry for 24 hours, then sanded the colored epoxy fill down before oiling and sealing the board. Then we added these hairpin legs to the bottom.
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The epoxy live edge side table looks great! It has a different look than a resin pour, but is much more simple and cheaper. This is a great way to add a very unique river table look to any piece of live edge wood.
A river table DIY is a super easy project for you to tackle in one evening.
We love trying to do budget-friendly, beginner-friendly takes on different projects. Using Gorilla Glue Two-Part Epoxy to make an epoxy live edge river table was really a breeze!
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