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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 MaterialEpoxy Resin
Neutral Aqua Glow Powder
Rubio Monocoat Finish
Grinder (Updated Item)
50 Grit Sanding Disc
TS75 Track Saw
All the Tools I Use
In addition, I used reclaimed cypress wood for this beach inspired table top.
There are several things which are difficult to fully explain with words and images, so be sure to check out the video tutorial above/below!
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.
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.
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).
Also, visit our beach blog and our online store for handmade beach decor.
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.
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.
Furthermore, we love taking underwater pictures of sea turtles and different types of fish.
Often times, Manatees or sea cows cruise along the beaches and scare the daylights out of tourists.
Obviously, we collect seashells mostly by snorkeling.
How to Make a Seashell Resin Table Top
Time needed: 2 days.
How to Make a Seashell Resin Table
- 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.
- 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.
- Mix Epoxy Resin
Determine the amount of epoxy resin needed to fill half the thickness of the epoxy seashell table and Mix
- Pour Epoxy Resin
Next, pour the epoxy in the seashell resin table. After pouring, inspect the table for leaks.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply Epoxy Wood Finish
The best epoxy wood finish is Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2c. Apply Rubio Monocoat according to the manufacturers instructions.
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.
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.
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.
Seashell Resin Table
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.
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 Beach Inspired Epoxy Table with Real Sand
Frequently Asked Questions
to make a beach scene with resin, mix various blue and green pigments with resin to create water. Use white alcohol ink mmixed with white resin to create ocean waves.
To pour epoxy over sand, the sand must first be mixed with a small amount of epoxy resin to make it tacky. This helps the sand remain in place when epoxy is poured over the sand.
The typical price of 1 gallon of epoxy resin costs $65.00 dollars.
To make resin ocean art, use a canvas, epoxy resin, and various dyes and pigments to create ocean colors.