Frozen Sea Water Console

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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

Gabriel

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    Hi,

    First of all, amazing job!! Real artist!
    Can you give us the names of the resin(grades) you use which is clear as crystal, please?

    Thanks,

    Mostafa

    The resin is Techniart Techniplast 400 and I bought it from: www.allegro.pl
    And thank you, always nice to hear that you like my work.

    Fantastic look! This gives me some great ideas. I have done a slab bench, and slab table in the past, but both times, they were done with solid non-cracked slabs. I think the natural cracks add SO much additional character and doing the project the way you did it, the end product is good quality and very solid. Not having a technique like this has what has kept me away from working with wood such as this. I hope to use some ideas here in the future. THANK you very much for this great guide.

    Thank you very much Jim, I'm happy to inspire you. You may also want to look at my other project to get more ideas ;)

    I think I speak for a lot of folks in that its the epoxy that is the devil. I have no idea how to use it. Could you add some steps showing how the epoxy works? I mean from what to buy from the hardware store (what YOU actually bought,) what you used to mix it, prepare it, did you check the weather/temp?, drop cloths use, etc.)

    TIA, Jon

    So... In a comment below I gave info on the resin. You need mixing cups. What I found on the web is "3 cups mixing" - one for resin, one for hardener and one to mix the ingredients. Important thing is to mix small amout in a wide vessel. The reason is simple - large amount in a narrow vessel will imediately boil (resin produces high temperature while curing).

    So I bought the resin and the cups (like shown here, mine was 0,8 litre as far as I remember). Cups are avaliable online for sure and (in my case) a local car lacquer shop.To mix it together I used, already prepared, wooden sticks (like one of these).

    My epoxy is mixed in weight ratio, so I used an old weight (like this) to measure the right amount. And the ratios should be as precise as possible, otherwise the resin would cure to fast or... never cure.

    For safety, of course, latex gloves (click here) and and clothes that are only for dirty work. If you get a resin stain on anythig, you'll never wash it off.

    About the epoxy. There are diffferent types avaliable to buy, some mixed by weight other by volume with different ratios. Best would be 1:1 ratio, cause it's just easier to measure the proper amounts of resin and hardener.

    Good thing about epoxy is that, that it doesn't smell bad, and with caution can be mixed at home).

    I didn't check the temperature, it was hot like hell outside and sure about 20-25 Ceslius in my workshop, so the conditions were perfect for resin work.

    Hopefully I helped you a bit with your questions. With new projects I will sure document the process of measuring, mixing and pouring the resin, but for that you'll have to be a little patient ;)

    thanks for the description. I will want to see it step by step before I play the chemist.

    Just an idea.

    One, dye the resin a light blue. Nothing too deep. Just as a hint of water coloured.

    Two, a friend of mine would use an old sander, the kind that went back and forth, and touch the object he had pour a large amount of resin into in order to remove bubbles.

    It had no sandpaper on it. He just needed the vibration.

    Anyhow, thought it might help for the next one :)

    It looks very good and I just wish I had a safe place to do one as well.

    The fumes can be very bad when indoors.

    Thanks for this project :)

    Thanks for the ideas, however I did'nt want to colour the resin. And vibrating the resin? That might be something worth trying, will sure think about it next time ;)

    About the fumes, epoxy resin is much less smelly than poliurethane ones and, from my experience, can be prepared and poured indors. But of course ventilation is required, as always when working with chemicals.

    I use to vibrate many things. However those with water in them like plaster and cement you have to be careful not to let too much of the water come up and out.

    But resins etc are fine to vibrate the bubbles out of :)