Round Epoxy Live Edge Table

Epoxy and Live Edge Side Table Rogue Engineer 1

Recently, Varathane sent over their new tinted epoxy, Super Glaze, for me to try out. I wanted to combine epoxy and live edge wood because I have seen it done so many times and I think it’s a cool look. I opted to try it out on a small side table with a wood cookie in the middle. The problem was finding or building a round form that was affordable. Luckily I stumbled across this 18 inch frisbee and it made the perfect mold, plus the kids get to play with it when I’m done! I’m not super experienced with epoxy so I learned a few things along the way and hopefully I can share some of those tips with you.

If you want to see another project I used their tinted epoxy on, check out my river serving tray. Either way, I’ve got the details on both in my latest YouTube video below.

  1. Setup

    Clean the 18″ frisbee and clamp the wood cookie to the middle so it doesn’t float when pouring the epoxy.

    Epoxy Live Edge Side Table Setup

  2. Mixing the Epoxy

    After getting the mold ready to go you can start to mix the epoxy. I used Varathane’s Super Glaze In Classic Gray and I love how easy it was to use.

    Epoxy Live Edge Side Table Step 1

  3. The Pour

    After mixing the epoxy per the instructions, use a small paint brush to paint it onto the edge of the bark. This is a step that I skipped but it will help prevent air bubbles being trapped in the bark. Then pour the remainder of the epoxy into the form. I ended up using 2 kits for this project but depending on the size of your cookie you may need more or less.

    Epoxy Live Edge Side Table Step 2

    I also wanted to point out that this epoxy is a solid color. This is because of the thickness of the pour. If it was a thin coating, it would be much more transparent.

  4. Getting the Air Bubbles Out

    Most of the air should work itself out of the epoxy but to help it along you can use a heat gun or a blow dryer.

    Epoxy Live Edge Side Table Step 4

  5. Sanding

    I recommend a net type sandpaper like Diablo’s SandNet which won’t clog up as easily as traditional sandpaper. I sanded with 220 grit and finished with 400 grit to remove any defects as well as round over the bottom edge.

    Epoxy Live Edge Side Table Step 7

  6. Attaching the Legs

    The legs get mounted to the wood in the middle. For this I used 3 of the 15-1/2″ tapered legs with the angled top plates. The angle wasn’t quite enough to make get the stability I wanted so I increased the angle with shims.

    Epoxy Live Edge Side Table Step 8

  7. Applying the Finish

    For the legs and the top I used a wipe on polyurethane finish. Applying 3 coats in total.

    Epoxy Live Edge Side Table Step 10

    It’s a really easy to use product and will protect and accentuate the wood.

    Epoxy Live Edge Side Table Step 12

  8. Buffing the Top

    Finally, I used a buffer to put a final polish the top and it turned out great!

    Epoxy Live Edge Side Table Step 14

As I said before, I’m not super experienced with epoxy but I love how this project turned out! Let me know in the comments what you think or if you have any tips for others that might be attempting this project.

Epoxy and Live Edge Side Table Rogue Engineer 3

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