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How to Make a Seashell Resin Table

In this article, I show you how to make a seashell resin table. Learn how to embed shells in resin and many more resin and woodworking tips to create a beach inspired table.

Tools and Material

Epoxy Resin
Neutral Aqua Glow Powder
Mixing Containers
Rubio Monocoat Finish
Rotex Sander
40 Grit
60 Grit
80 Grit
100 Grit
120 Grit
150 Grit
180 Grit
220 Grit
320 Grit
Grinder (Updated Item)
50 Grit Sanding Disc
MFT3 Table
TS75 Track Saw
Orbital Buffer
All the Tools I Use

In addition, I used reclaimed cypress wood for this beach inspired table top.

Often times, I experiment with many different epoxy products and wood finishes in my shop.  
For your convenience, I’ve compiled a complete list of my favorite epoxy resin material and tools.

Introduction

My daughter asked me to build her a new desk for her room about a year ago and I agreed.
As if I would ever refuse a request from my little Princess.

Obviously, I wanted this desk to be special for her – one that would bring a smile to her face. So, I waited until I found inspiration.

Beach Inspiration

A few months go by and I notice the seashells we collected over the last 2 summers has grown very large.

Also, if you follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, or visited my online store, you probably noticed my projects incorporate beach inspired relics such as sand dollars for tables, mini surfboards, and more.

Wood Surfboard Towel Rack Holder

So, it comes as not surprise that I decided to use the extra seashells to make this desk.

The Beach and My Family

My family and I love the beach, ocean, and everything else it has to offer.

The beach plays such a huge role in my life – always has and always will. It nourishes my soul, clears my thoughts, keeps me healthy, and inspires me.

More importantly, the ocean reminds me of the most important things in my life (view picture below).

Jeremy Hoffpauir, Stacey Hoffpauir, Zeph Hoffpauir, Shane Hoffpauir, Mattie Hoffpauir

Consequently, we spend as much time as possible enjoying the warm sun, clear blue waters, and soft white sand at our home in Destin, Florida.

things to do in Destin, Florida
paddle boarding in Destin, Florida

Different Ways to Collect Seashells

My family and I collect seashells organically.
In other words, we collect them while doing other beach activities.

Viewing Ocean Wildlife

We enjoy chasing dolphins on our paddle boards.

paddle boarding in Destin, Florida
dolphins while paddle boarding in Destin, Florida
dolphins while paddle boarding in Destin, Florida

Furthermore, we love taking underwater pictures of sea turtles and different types of fish.

sea turtle in Destin, Florida
school of tarpon in Destin, Florida
things to do in destin, florida

Often times, Manatees or sea cows cruise along the beaches and scare the daylights out of tourists.

manatee swimming in Destin, Florida

Beach Snorkeling

Obviously, we collect seashells mostly by snorkeling.

things to do in destin, florida
snorkeling in Destin, Florida
snorkeling in Destin, Florida

How to Make a Seashell Resin Table Top

Time needed: 2 days.

How to Make a Seashell Resin Table

  1. Gather Materials

    The basic materials needed for a seashell resin table are 2 pieces of reclaimed wood of equal lengths, epoxy resin, and seashells. Epoxy resin pigment powder or glow powder can also be mixed with resin to add color and glowing effects.
    liquid glass 2.0 epoxy resin

  2. Create Resin Mold

    To create a resin mold, use plywood (or any flat wood) to build a box larger than the width, length, and height of the seashell resin table and cover it with packing tape or sheathing tape. Apply furniture wax to serve as a epoxy resin release agent.seashell resin table epoxy release agent

  3. Mix Epoxy Resin

    Determine the amount of epoxy resin needed to fill half the thickness of the epoxy seashell table and Mix
    Mixing Liquid Glass 2.0 Epoxy Resin

  4. Pour Epoxy Resin

    Next, pour the epoxy in the seashell resin table. After pouring, inspect the table for leaks.
    seashell resin table epoxy pour

  5. Set Shells in Epoxy Resin

    To set shells in epoxy resin, wait until the epoxy is partially cured but still tacky and place the seashells in the resin.
    setting shells in resin

  6. Set and Embed Seashells in Epoxy Resin

    After the first layer of resin completely cures (normally 24 hours), mix and pour clear epoxy resin over the seashells.
    embedding shells in resin

  7. Remove Air Bubbles

    Often times, air pockets form for 30 to 45 minutes after the initial layer of epoxy is poured. Simply use a heat gun or mini torch to remove the air pockets as they rise to the surface.remove epoxy resin bubbles with mini torch

  8. Sand Seashell Resin Table

    To properly sand an epoxy resin and wood table, use an orbital sander and with the following sanding grits in order: 40, 60, 80, 120, 150, 180, 220, 320.
    epoxy resin and wood sanding

  9. Apply Epoxy Wood Finish

    The best epoxy wood finish is Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2c. Apply Rubio Monocoat according to the manufacturers instructions.
    How to Make a Seashell Resin Table

Desk Installation

In order to install the seashell resin table in the corner of my daughter’s room, I built a 2″x24″ rectangle box using plywood.
Essentially, the box allows me to secure the desk away from the wall and provides a space to drop down cables or power cords.

How to make a seashell epoxy table top

Then, I rested the desk on the far right side with the drawers facing out.
Also, I used the DIY plans I created for my epoxy beach table to make the desk bottom.

how to make a seashell resin table top

Also, be sure to download the desk base cabinet with drawer storage DIY plans.

Next, I drilled pilot holes on the underside of the table and used 3 screws to secure the desk to the wall bracket.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make a beach scene with resin?

create resin ocean waves

To make a beach scene with resin, you mix various blue and green pigments with resin to create water. Also, you can use white alcohol ink mixed with resin to create ocean waves.

Can you epoxy over sand?

How to Make a Live Edge Resin River Glow Table - Beach Inspired_33

To pour epoxy over sand, the sand must first be mixed with a small amount of epoxy resin to make it tacky. Additionally, this helps the sand remain in place when epoxy is poured over sand.

How much does epoxy resin cost?

best deep pour epoxy for river desk

The cost of epoxy resin varies depending on the type. Also, a typical price of 1 gallon of epoxy resin costs $65.00 dollars.

How do you make resin ocean art?

Resin Ocean Wave Art Tutorial

To make resin ocean art, you need a canvas or wood, epoxy resin, and various dyes and pigments to create ocean colors.

Seashell Resin Table Video Tutorial

Obviously, my daughter loves her beach inspired desk. More importantly, it reminds her of all the great memories we made and continue to make during long summer days at the beach.

In conclusion, I hope this tutorial showed you how to make a seashell resin table and inspired you to make your own.

how to make a seashell resin table

Finishes for Wood and Epoxy Resin

Learn about the different finishes for wood and epoxy resin and the best one for your project. Click HERE to find the best one for you.

Also, get your 25% off discount code to use toward beach inspired handcrafted items and downloadable DIY plans.

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