After my adventure with making a Penny Table, I decided epoxy resin was fun and wanted to try some more. I had a small side table in my stash and it wasn’t nice enough for pennies, but it was perfect to use for a bottle cap table.
How I made a bottle cap table.
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- Small table with recessed area
- Assorted bottle caps
- Two part Epoxy
- Clear silicone caulk
- thin plywood
- culinary torch
- disposable glue brush
- hose bib knob
This little table was sad. It had a thick veneered insert and dated little handle for a non existent drawer.
I had even started testing out paint colors at one point on the edge trying to figure out what to do with it.
I always look over pieces completely to see if there are any markings or labels to hint at any kind of story…
…nothing really, so I pulled out the insert, since it was far thicker than I needed it to be. I sanded the support edges just a bit to make sure any leftover glue residue was gone.
Then, I used a piece of 1/4″ plywood scrap to make a new insert, did a quick stain to one side and used silicone caulk to seal it all around, concentrating on the bottom. I noticed some off colorings on the edges of the table and while this is a rustic piece, they looked odd. I chose to use stain to help those areas blend in better with the overall look.
Quick Tip: Epoxy is thinner than you think. It can and will ooze and run out of any small opening you miss.
Once the caulk was ready, I did a dry layout of how the bottle caps would fit best.
Follow the instructions on the box. It takes a day or two for the product to fully cure. Ramping up the heat in the room, can speed the process along.
Then, with the base set, I mixed up more epoxy and poured it on to fill in the rest of the space. The carbon dioxide produced by a kitchen torch comes in handy to pop bubbles in the surface as it’s settling. A the disposable glue brush is great if you have drips on the edges to clean them up and smooth them out.
Quick Tip: Letting the resin settle for 10-15 mins before working on bubbles and drips will make the whole process faster and generally keep from overtorching.
Once finished, I used a faucet knob to finish the bottle cap table off and carted it off to my store.
This bottle cap table is currently AVAILABLE for sale at The Painted Pig in Lovettsville, VA.
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