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In this tutorial, I show you how to make DIY resin river wall art and baseball storage rack.
Table of Contents
- Video Tutorial
- Tools & Materials I Used
- DIY Baseball Storage Rack Plans
- Make a Large Resin Mold
- Prepare Wood
- Seal Resin Mold
- Mix Resin
- First Resin Pour
- Resin Lace Effect
- Embed Objects in Resin
- Remove Marks and Test Glow Powder
- Second Resin Pour
- Resin Silicone Molds
- Install Baseball Bat Rack Wall Holders
- Baseball Hat Rack Holder
- Remove Wood and Resin River Wall Art from Mold
- Prepare Baseball Storage Rack for Finish
- Trim Ends
- Roundover Edges
- Sanding Wood and Resin River Wall Art
- Apply Finish to Baseball Storage Rack
- Drill Hole in Baseballs for Glove Holder
- Install Baseball Glove Holder and Baseball Hat Rack
- Hammer Dowels in Place
- How to Use Epoxy Resin as an Adhesive
- Hang DIY Wood and Resin River Wall Art
- A Short Letter to My Son
There are many things which are difficult to explain with words and images, so be sure to checkout the video tutorial below.
Tools & Materials I Used
I have downloadable DIY Plans available for this project at the bottom of this post.
Red Opaque Resin Dye
White Opaque Resin Dye
Red Glow Powder
3/8″ Cherry Dowel
Silicone Fleur Des Lis Mold
Track Saw with Track
Sanding Pad for Normal Use
Sanding Pad for High Grits
1/4″ roundover bit
3/8″ Drill Bit with Dowel Guide
Drill Bit Set
Self Centering Drill Bit
Often times, I experiment with many different products and tools while working with epoxy resin.
Therefore, the products I use in a certain project may not be my favorite.
For your convenience, I’ve compiled a complete list of my favorite Epoxy Resin material and tools – click HERE to see the list.
My oldest son, Zeph, received a college baseball scholarship from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The day a high school athlete signs a national letter of intent to play college sports is a BIG day.
They are finally rewarded for their dedication, hard work, & sacrifice they put forth to their craft for more than half their lives.
Instead of buying my son a gift for his big day, my youngest son and I decided to make him a DIY resin river wall art to display his baseball gear.
The baseball bat rack, hat rack, and baseball glove display is also DIY wood and resin river wall art with the logo and colors of his new college – the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
This baseball display case holds 3 baseball bats, 2 baseball gloves, and 2 baseball hats.
Whether you are a baseball fan or not, the techniques I use in this project also apply to tables and general wall art.
DIY Baseball Storage Rack Plans
Make a Large Resin Mold
First, I made a large resin mold made from a 2’x4′ sheet of particle board for the DIY wood and resin river wall art.
Then, I covered the particle board with silicone tape.
As a side note, packing tape is cheaper and will do the job just fine.
Next, I covered the silicone tape with furniture wax which works as a mold release agent.
When I don’t have furniture wax in my shop, I use vaseline.
I decided to use a piece of cherry wood for the DIY baseball storage rack.
First, I used my tape measure to find the center of the board which was 5″.
Next, I used my track saw to cut a straight line down the center of the cherry.
I always make sure to cut a nice, straight line down the center of the wood I use for river tables.
Ultimately, this will be the outer sides after I flip the wood around.
Then, I used my rotary sander to clean up the loose bark and dirt from the entire piece.
The sandpaper grit doesn’t matter during this step since I’m simply cleaning up the sides and edges.
Seal Resin Mold
After I prepared the wood, I placed it on the resin mold.
Next, I attached a board (covered in silicone tape and furniture wax) to each end.
The board has to be slightly taller than the wood and long enough to cover the width of the river.
I used my brad nailer to secure it to each end.
Brad nails are ideal when used on end grain b/c it is easy to remove and the holes close with minimal effort.
Then, I used silicone to seal the crack between the wood and silicone tape to prevent resin from leaking.
Also, I sealed each end.
Once the silicone was dry, I mixed 48 ounces of resin for the DIY wood and resin river wall art.
After I mixed the resin, I split the 48 ounces into 2 containers with 24 ounces in each.
Next, I slowly mixed in red opaque pigment in one container and white opaque pigment in the other container.
I added more pigment until I achieved the shade of red and white I wanted.
Then, I added red glow powder to the red pigment.
I had 8 ounces of glow powder from a previous project and thought it would be cool to add it to the baseball storage rack.
First Resin Pour
My youngest son and I poured the red and white resin simultaneously.
He poured the white and I poured the red at the same rate in order for the resin to meet in the middle.
It worked perfectly.
We had a little leftover white resin, so I poured it in my fleur des lis silicone mold. More on this later.
Resin Lace Effect
To create a resin lacing effect, I used my heat gun and moved the red resin on the white and the white resin over the red.
The resin looks really cool when it blends together.
Next, I removed the bubbles and made sure the table was level with my leveler.
Embed Objects in Resin
First, I cut 3 baseballs in half on my bandsaw.
My apologies, but my camera memory card was full when I did this; therefore, I didn’t capture it on film.
Next, my youngest son dropped a baseball in the center.
Then, he dropped one 5 inches from each end of the DIY wood and resin river wall art.
Remove Marks and Test Glow Powder
After the baseballs sank into the resin, I used a stir stick with a little dab of white resin to cover the writing on each baseball.
I turned off the light and shined a black light over the red resin to test the glow powder.
It had a very nice red glow to it.
Finally, we let the baseball storage rack sit overnight.
Second Resin Pour
After the first resin pour cured overnight, it was time for the second resin pour.
As a side note, I didn’t want the resin to completely cover the baseball.
I wanted a portion of the baseball to protrude the surface about 1/8″.
You will see why in a later step.
First, I mixed 48 ounces of clear resin and poured 36 ounces on the DIY wood and resin river wall art.
If you look closely, you will see a lot of air bubbles.
I didn’t pay attention to the temperature of the resin before I mixed the second batch.
Consequently, the resin was below the ideal temperature of 70 degrees.
To remedy this issue, I use my torch and heat gun to get the resin up to the ideal temperature it needs to cure properly.
The heat gun works best; however, be sure to clear the work area of debris or you will pollute the resin.
After a few minutes of heating the resin, it cleared up nicely.
Resin Silicone Molds
In order to add a decorative touch to the baseball storage rack, I mixed red opaque pigment into the resin.
Next, I poured the red resin into the fleur des lis silicone mold.
Then, I used my blow torch and heat gun to remove the bubbles.
Install Baseball Bat Rack Wall Holders
Once the resin was cured the following day, I installed the baseball bat rack holders.
I prefer to not drill resin, which is the reason I left a tiny portion of the ball protruding through the resin.
First, I drilled the top of the ball with a 1/8″ drill bit the same depth as the threads on the utility hook.
Next, I slowly screwed the utility hook in the pilot hole.
Baseball Hat Rack Holder
First, I removed the fleur des lis casting from the silicone mold.
Next, I used a 1/16″ drill bit to drill a hole through baseball hat rack holder.
The resin is difficult to drill, so I stepped up the drill bit size by 1/8″ until I got to 3/8″.