DIY Resin Ocean Serving Tray

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Introduction: DIY Resin Ocean Serving Tray

About: Hi, I’m Sam! Full time psychologist and woodworker! I build things and publish plans. Check out my website and YouTube channel for more project ideas!

Recently I’ve been obsessed with making resin ocean trays. They only take a few hours to make and are such awesome gifts! Ready to learn how to make your own?

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Supplies

Step 1: Choose & Prep Your Board

For this project, I chose to use a small, leftover piece of live edge wood that I had in my workshop. To prep it for this project, I had to first cut it to size and then remove the bark from the live edge using a chisel.

Step 2: Drill Your Handle

Next, I used a forstner bit to drill a handle for my board. This step is optional, but adds a fun little detail!

Step 3: Sand

After removing the bark and drilling my hole for my handle, I sanded the board to a 120 grit to prepare it for the resin pour.

Step 4: Prep for Your Pour

Next, it was time to prep the piece for the pour. I covered a work surface in a temperature-regulated room with plastic and then taped off sections of the board that I didn't want covered in resin such as the sides and the underside of the handle.

Step 5: Prep Your Resin

Next, it was time to prep the resin. I mixed one large batch of table top resin and then split it into five cups with five different colors: clear, white, dark blue, medium blue, light blue.

Step 6: Start Your Pour

I started my pour by adding the different variations of colors. Dark first, then medium, then light. I blended the harsh lines between these colors together using a popsicle stick and the heat gun (see video for process in action).

Step 7: Add Your Clear Resin

Next, I added one small section of clear resin to break up the colors.

Step 8: Add Your Sea Foam

Next, I added a line of white pigment using a popsicle stick.

Step 9: Make Waves

After the resin pour was done, I used a heat gun to push the white pigment into the colored pigment to make waves. I also applied some heat from a small propane torch to help create small patterns, or cells, in the white resin.

Safety Tip: Make sure to not overheat the resin because it can smoke and burn. Instead, add small bouts of heat at a time.

Step 10: Fill in the Blanks

There were a few bald spots after the resin pour, so I used a paint brush to distribute the resin to these spots.

Step 11: Repeat As Desired

After letting the first layer dry, I repeated the resin pour to create a second layer of waves.

Step 12: Remove the Tape & Sand

After letting the board cure, I removed the painter's tape and sanded the board.

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Step 14: Finish

Last step was to finish the board with a cutting board oil!

Step 15: Enjoy!

Last step was to enjoy my new serving tray!

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    33 Comments

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    MrErdreich
    MrErdreich

    1 year ago

    This is UNBELIVABLY beautiful.

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    diyhuntress
    diyhuntress

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for the love!

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    diyhuntress
    diyhuntress

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you so much!

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    DianaHM
    DianaHM

    1 year ago

    I love it!

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    diyhuntress
    diyhuntress

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!

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    goodphysics
    goodphysics

    1 year ago

    Absolutely amazing. I've never done epoxy yet...but this is inspiring me to give it a go. Nicely done! :)

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    diyhuntress
    diyhuntress

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! So happy you're going to try it out!

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    U_eriksen
    U_eriksen

    1 year ago

    Looks great! I am wondering if you are just pouring resin on the corner/edge and leaving the rest of the wood surface without resin (but oiled)? Would that not make the board uneven (as the resin is an added layer on top of the wood)?

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    diyhuntress
    diyhuntress

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! The resin does cause the spot that's poured to be slightly raised, but it's nothing too substantial. If you want the entire board to feel level, you could finish the entire piece in a self-leveling table top epoxy coat! I just really like the look of the "raw" wood mixed with the resin ocean pour.

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    mawktheone
    mawktheone

    Reply 1 year ago

    I also though about this but I reckoned that the height of the resin would not matter much in reality.

    But id think you would also belt sand down the corner/quarter and then pour the resin back up to be level with the wood.Just check your table is good and level before pouring.

    Lovely looking project by the way

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    msdbutterworth
    msdbutterworth

    1 year ago

    I love this process. I wonder if you could do this on a bathroom floor over ceramic tile to make it look like an ocean.

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    diyhuntress
    diyhuntress

    Reply 1 year ago

    Ohh. That would be awesome, but I have no idea! There may be tutorials on YouTube for pouring on ceramic?

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    thatguyer
    thatguyer

    1 year ago

    This is such a cool project. I have done a lot of woodworking/maker stuff, but I'm relatively new to epoxy. I did some experiments today, with mixed results. The blue water came out fine, but the waves don't look good. Using the heat gun, the white spread over the blue too uniformly, and did not create that lacy look. Are you using white paint directly, or is it white epoxy (white pigment in epoxy)? Any other tips or tricks to share for the waves? Thanks!

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    diyhuntress
    diyhuntress

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! It definitely takes some practice to get it right! I mix a good amount of white pigment in the epoxy. I've found that different pigments react differently to the heat. Some flow really nicely, and others don't. You may have to experiment with different brands and types of pigments until you find one you like! Also... don't scrap this one! Let that first layer dry and then pour another layer on top of it in a few hours or tomorrow! Best of luck!

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    thatguyer
    thatguyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    I feel like I should post this photo next to yours on one of those "Nailed it!" Subreddits... :-)

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    diyhuntress
    diyhuntress

    Reply 1 year ago

    Haha - getting there! My best advice would be to use a thinner line of white resin! Don't throw that out! You can pour another layer on top and try again! It definitely takes some practice, but you're totally getting the hang of it! The shape of those waves are awesome!

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    thatguyer
    thatguyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    Luckily this was just a piece of scrap plywood, so nothing was lost (I know how this goes!)

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    craftyv
    craftyv

    1 year ago on Introduction

    This is lovely and I especially liked the sea foam edges. Thank you. Note: I'm a bit puzzled how people afford Epoxy Resin it is so expensive.

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    diyhuntress
    diyhuntress

    Reply 1 year ago

    It's definitely not the cheapest material to work with, but I'm able to get a lot of projects out of my bottles! My last small table top resin set made me over 25 resin ocean serving trays for the holidays!