Introduction: Frozen Sea Water Console
So, this is my first time on instructables, but not the first wooden creation I made. First idea was a little different from what came out in the end, but as you can see it looks good.
I failed to document all the work done with this, but I hope it will show how the work was going.
And a word about the name. When you are at the beach and the waves come to the shore they create sort of a foam (not sure if it's clear to understand). But the resin looks like this foam was frozen, so that's what this piece is called.
Step 1: The Slab
I've acquired a walnut slab with beautiful natural cracks. First I planned to crack it to the end and put a piece of glass between two parts of this wood. But I thought taht it would be a nice thing to fill the cracks with epoxy resin.
Step 2: Taping the Slab
I do not have photos of all the process, but I used a packing tape to close all the holes co the resin don't stick my slab to the board I placed it on. Then mixed the epoxy and pored it into the cracks. First pour was to thick, co the epoxy boiled and a lot of air was closed in it.
Step 3: More Epoxy
After the expoxy settled time came to add more. I had some difficulties with the resin, caused by temperature. While epoxy hardens it creates temperature and the tape started metling so i feared that it will flood everytihn near, but after adding more tape it all went more or less as planned.
Step 4: Plannig the Slab and Finishing Touch
That's the part where most pictures are unfortunately missing. I used a wood planner to level the slab and get rid of the extra epoxy. After doing so time came to sand it. First with 80 grit using 120 and 180 and 400/500 grit sandpaper. When it looked good enough I used waterproof sandpaper with grits of 800, 1200 and 2500 (as far as I remember). When the sanding was done, time came to cover it with transparent varnish. I put 6 or 7 layers of it.
Step 5: The Effect
Legs for this console were made from steel, welded as seen on the picture. The steel is 20 by 30 mm. There's is not much to say about it except that I was carefull to keep all the angles 90 degrees. The legs have been also covered with clear varnish but were not polished before to look more "rough".
Step 6: The End
After all the pouring, sanding, welding and screwing legs to the slab the work was done. I didn't enjoy having it at home neither to take proper photos because it was sold just another day after the work was completed.
Hope you enjoy this little project, and if you have any questions feel free to ask them.
Regards from Polang