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Floating River Table

Made my first river table. It's an Ambrosia Maple slab 2" thick. It had a split in it to start. I cut the rest of the split to separate the two pieces. I made a form on a sheet of melamine. But during the first pour, it developed a leak. I probably lost about a half gallon of the epoxy. The second pour to top it off went without incident. This was a product called Deep Pour Epoxy, it is meant to pour up to 2" thick in a single pour. Also, the minimum pour thickness is 1/2". I used several different mica powders to color it. The patterns it takes on as it sets up were beyond my control. I woulda creat swirl patterns with a piece of wire and come back an hour later to find they had totally changed on their own. It took about two days to harden. After leveling both sides again and sanding. I put four coats of lacquer on it. I used a piece of 1 1/4" x 1/8" thick angle iron to mount it. I routed a recess in the edge Andrako bottom so the angle iron sat flush with the wood. It worked well and the top is well supported. Fun project and I have more slabs to do. This top is 52" long and 23" at the widest. We're going to use it as a wine/espresso bar. I have a couple of bar stools for it.
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very nicely done !!

I am wondering how the wood will behave over time
with the air register right beneath it.

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Very nice indeed!

-> I would like to know how it is attached.
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Looks good, interesting hidden attachment method.
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very nicely done !!

I am wondering how the wood will behave over time
with the air register right beneath it.

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That looks like a cold air return so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Nice table/shelf.
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[QUOTE=John Smith_inFL;2093029]very nicely done !!

I am wondering how the wood will behave over time
with the air register right beneath it.

It is a cold air return, so it shouldn't affect it.
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Very nice indeed!

-> I would like to know how it is attached.
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I fastened a piece of angle iron on each wall. I had located the studs and marked them on the angle iron. I drilled countersunk holes on the drill press and then cleaned up the metal and sprayed a clear coat of aerosol paint to keep it from rusting. It's fastened to the studs with #12 x 3" wood screws. Then I used #10 x 1 1/4" screws to go through the angle iron I tom the bottom of the table. If you look in the one pic of the close up of the bottom corner, you can se where I routed both sides of the bottom edge so the angle iron fits flush with the wood and doesn't stick out at all. It is very solid and eliminated the need for any additional support like a corbel.
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Great Job, Mike

Was that a natural edge or did you make it? If so, how?

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Nice! good figure and the epoxy looks like flowing lava. Ingenious way to attach it to the wall.
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Great Job, Mike

Was that a natural edge or did you make it? If so, how?
It was a natural edge Tony. I took the bark off with a chisel and then lightly sanded it to get rid of any tool marks.
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Looks great! I've done a few epoxy river tables and such myself. I like how the mica powders develop these neat "boils" and such, really adds to the uniqueness of these projects.

I have been using an epoxy called Liquid Diamonds with great results, can do pours up to like 8" I think they told me. I've found with these deep epoxy pours...while it's very tempting to do a deep pour the first time...if you can restrain yourself from doing so, a shallow pour first seals the bottom. Then subsequent pours can be done without the risk of losing so much to leaks, as it always seems to leak, even a little, no matter how careful you are with sealing it up. I have never been able to do a single pour on these types, occasionally two but usually three.
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Here's a more recent photo. Found a mural on Amazon, now I'm on permanent vacation every morning when I have my coffee.😁 Also added an outlet with USB ports for charging phones and my IPad.
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