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Creating a River Table:

Start to finish


Step 1: Select, cut and acclimate your slab

Your slab will cost anywhere from $10 to $45 per board foot (12" x 12" x 1").

Once you've selected a piece of kiln dried wood from our collection, it's time to cut it roughly to size, leaving a little bit of extra room to cut at the end. 


If you supplied your own slab, it will need a day or two to adjust to the shop environment before beginning work.

Step 2: Flatten the wood

At a minimum, you will need to flatten the top of the wood with a planer and sander. You may also choose to flatten the sides or remove any bark, depending on your aesthetic preference.

Step 3: Prepare and epoxy bark and rough areas

You will create custom forms to hold the wet epoxy. Often these are made of acrylic or melamine and utilize glue to prevent expensive leaks.

Once you position your slab within your custom form, you will use Quick Coat epoxy to prevent air bubbles from forming during your deep pour.

Step 4: Deep pour epoxy to create a tinted river of your choice

After ensuring your river basin is free of dust and particulate and that your seams are leak proof, it's time for the deep pour. Prepare Deep Pour epoxy along with any color tints using a 3:1 ratio, then mix by hand for three minutes.

Pour 1/4", watching carefully for leaks. After the pour, remove bubbles with a heat gun or torch. Deep pour twice more, 1/4" at a time, to a maximum depth of 3/4". If you pour more, the epoxy may overheat or even catch fire!

Dry for at least 24 hours and sand out any imperfections with 220 grit sandpaper, repeating this process until your river reaches your desired height.

Step 5: Seal coat to ensure no bubbles 

Remove any defects with 220 grit sandpaper and make sure the surface is free of dust and particulate.

Pour one ounce per square foot of Seal Coat epoxy, looking carefully for any bubbles or potholes that may form. Repeat this process up to three times, paying particular attention to bubbles, until no bubbles or potholes form.

Step 6: Finish your river table

Begin by filling any remaining potholes with a color matched burn stick.

Remove the form, cut to its final size and route edges as you like.

Sand the surface with 220 grit sandpaper to remove defects, then pour a final Flood Coat of epoxy at three ounces per square foot.