Really light up your next dinner party with a table that glows in the dark!

Photoluminescent (glow) powder mixed with clear casting resin fills the naturally formed voids in Pecky Cypress hardwood, creating a unique and stunning table. The glow powder charges up in sunlight and emits a cool blue glow when in partial or complete darkness.

Placing this table near a window will allow it to collect rays from the setting sun and then set off a pleasant glow from the transition from twilight to evening. Making your own is fun as you can customize it in any way you want. Instead of using hardwood you can use the technique of adding glow powder to resin to cast in all kinds of fun ways.

Let's make!

Step 1: Materials

The type of wood I used for this table is known as 'pecky cypress', which is regular cypress that has been naturally damaged with a fungal growth inside causing sections to rot - wiki on taxadium distichum (cypress).

These damaged pockets can be easily removed and create cavities in the wood which are perfect for filling with resin and glow powder. The pockets of damaged (rotten) cypress are soft and can easily be removed with compressed air and some light digging with a hand tool.

Aside from Pecky Cypress, we'll need:

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<p>I absolutely love what you've done. I want one too, I'll be forwarding your instructable to my husband.</p>
<p>really like the idea and the finished results in some of the pictures shown are awesome. I haven't read through all the comments, but if it hasn't been mentioned before, a stencil and a bit of work with a router just opens up another world of possibilities. In my head, I have the mortal combat logo for some reason, I don't even like the game! Or am I missing something here?</p>
<p>Look in the comments, there's a router designed logo of a monkey :)</p>
<p>Any practical experience on how long glow powder lasts? And the referenced resin doesn't mention UV resistance. Are you really keeping this outdoors or just for photo op?</p>
<p>Glow powder should last a very long time, years.</p><p>Look for a resin that is UV stable and non-yellowing. The stuff I link to in Step 1 is both. </p><p>If you're planning on having a table outside it needs to be sealed with exterior polyurethane and an exterior grade resin.</p>
<p>heyy how are u = </p>
<p>Wow, that looks amazing! Is that your table?</p><p>Is that all resin in the middle, and if so how many pours did it take?</p>
<p>hi mike </p><p>You taught us this job . Thank you</p><p>ı did 6 cm glow resin table</p><p>I Finished it's 6 days </p><p>All Items are not finish I'll send you a picture.</p>
<p>love it! looks like a google earth shot of water and beach/land... </p>
<p>That looks incredible! Thanks for sharing, you did a great job. </p>
<p>Hi Mike,</p><p>I really enjoyed reading your instructable and want to try something similar myself. There is just one problem, and immediately it's a big one. On this side of the big pond I can find all of the materials, except the right wood. It looks like this specific type of cypress doesn't grow in western Europe. </p><p>Do you have any advice on which type of wood I can use which has more or less the same characteristics? It seems like everybody who sells lumbar over here has wood which looks perfect and that's nice for building houses and everything but I just want those perfect imperfections :)</p><p>I really hope you can help me with this, thanks in advance!</p><p>Steven </p>
<p>Hey Steven!</p><p>I think Pecky Cypress only grows in the southern USA, so sourcing some can be difficult. Though the rotted voids are desirable for this application, there's no reason why you couldn't use splintered wood (reclaimed or barn wood), or even create your own voids artificially with a router or chisel. The results may look a little different to what I show, but people are more blown away with the glow than the wood.</p><p>I'd love to see your version when you make it, please keep us updated. Good luck!</p>
<p>I suggest you plan ahead and leave wood out in a field for a while. The wood rots differently according to what is affecting it. www.finehomebuilding.com explains it in the Aug/sep 2015 issue clearly.You want brown rot- sometimes called dry rot- (a misnomer as dry wood doesn't rot). This fungus consumes the lighter cellulose leaving the geometric appearing lignin to continue shrinking and checking. I think it would lend itself to a treatment like described, but wonder if it should be sealed first. I am purely an observer and wannabee craftsperson.</p>
<p>Mike have you ever used Ambrosia Maple? It looks just like your Pecky Cypress and and is the same as far as how it gets its fungi characteristics. </p>
<p>Thanks for the info, I'll have to look into that the next time I'm at the lumber yard!</p>
<p>What if you try and find one of those sleeper or railway beams<br>that is old it should have some in perfections i had one lying around and would<br>have been perfect if I did not throw it away. </p>
Reynolds advanced materials in Denver Colorado has all the resins and glow powders you will ever need. Google them.
<p>Impressive Mike, nice job.</p>
Where did you get the wood from?
<p>beautiful! very unique idea</p>
Where do you buy this type of wood?
<p>We have this wood at Architectural Salvage.. Cut in 1878</p>
Hi i made a prototype with a green glowpowder and i used a 100:50 :50 ratio raisin and powder the problem i had was that the powder went to the bottom of the raisin. Any tips on how to fix that<br>
<p>If you pour in one shot you'll notice the glow powder settles at the bottom of the voids and will have a neat pattern where it rests in the grains of the wood. Alternatively, if you pour a clear base layer and wait for it to cure and then pour a glow powder resin layer the glow powder will be closer to the surface and have a more uniform glow.</p><p>After you mill your table you'll likely have some scraps you can test each method out on and see what you like best.</p>
<p>personally I hate stuff that glows in the dark (I like my dark to be REALLY dark), but this is absolutely gorgeous. </p>
<p>Where can I find pecky cypress? Most stores don't sell it. A friend told me to just carve out of regular wood, but I am not sure it will give the table the same effect.</p>
First glow test on prototype table, used cheap knotty white pine and chiseled out the gaps.
<p>Looks great! Gouging out the voids is another method to achieve the cavities if your wood isn't naturally pecky. Thanks for sharing your table, I love the off-white powder and the wood colour in light.</p>
<p>Where did you buy your wood for this project?</p>
<p>Old Barn wood works great.</p>
<p>how much resin did you use in total (in ounces) plus how much glow powder did you use in one cup of resin (1/2 part A and 1/2part B)</p>
<p>type of resins which can be used? </p>
<p>I would like to know if the glow powder is radioactive?</p>
<p>You know that anyone that sits at Mike's will eventually die, But not from glow powder. </p>
<p>The powder I used was Strontium Aluminate. That is supposed to be non toxic and can be used for toys. </p><p>http://www.amazon.de/Premium-Gl%C3%BChpulver-Nachleuchtpulver-Leuchtpigmente-Nachtleuchtpulver/dp/B010TH9GGM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1451038155&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=glow+in+the+dark+powder</p>
<p>Hi, my name is Shaela and I want to make your table for my Ag Mechanics class, but I have few questions. I am from Oakdale, CA and was wondering where you got your lumber from and what the dimensions where. </p>
<p>I live in Sacramento, Shaele there are wood suppliers in almost every big city, lookup Hardwood and Exotic wood suppliers. If you can't find one, lookup a custom cabinet shop and ask them where they get there hardwoods from and call them, if they are wholesale only and don't sell to the public, tell them what you are trying to do and most of the time they'll be helpful. They can make exceptions and sell to the public if they wanted too. It's not that difficult, let your finders do the walking through the Yellow Pages or Google local supplier of Hardwoods. </p>
<p>Absolutamente show de bola!</p>
<p>good job may make it</p>
<p>I absolutely love it! My next table will be something like that !</p>
<p>@mikeasaurus, this was the best step by step project I have seen. This is teh first I have seen of yours, and hope there are more! You answered questions in comments. Man you rock!! Plus you're very talented!!!</p>
<p>Thank you, I really do love seeing the different ways people have used this technique to make it their own. So fun!</p>
<p>Mike, this is beautiful, and gives me hope for a table my father made me shortly before he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. One board he used in the table wasn't properly dried and cracked straight through in several places- the only concern that I have trying your technique to wabi-sabi is that the table was already stained... any recommendations/warnings?</p>
<p>This is totally doable. I would use masking tape around the entire crack to minimize any errant resin from pouring. You'll need to be careful pouring and don't use too much as you won't be able to sand it back down level without damaging the existing surface finish of the table. </p><p>If unsure you can pour in small batches and wait for the resin to cure before pouring more resin, this will allow the resin to fill any voids and get you the right amount of resin. </p><p>As always, I suggest practicing your pouring technique on some scrap wood before committing to your cherished piece. You can do this! Good luck, and please share photos!</p>
<p>Maybe use a large syringe to sort of squeeze the resin/glow mixture into that crack evenly, and without excess.</p>
If this gets entered into the make it glow contest I believe it would win.
<p>Hi where can I buy resin and glow in the dark powder in Ontario Canada??</p>

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