Resin is a versatile material that can be used to make table tops in two basic forms. Commercial resin table tops are manufactured for use in restaurants, coffee shops, and similar high-traffic establishments. They are easy to clean, highly durable, and made in a variety of designs, often simulating a wood grain appearance. Decorative resin table tops are usually handmade and can be an interesting and unusual way of displaying unique objects, memorabilia, and other small items.
The resin table tops available for commercial use are made to be affordable and long-lasting. In addition to tables for restaurants, cafeterias, and other eating establishments, there are table tops made to be used in laboratories and workshops. Such table tops are generally available through specialty stores or directly from the manufacturer.
There is also a very popular style of resin table tops crafted by individuals. These are made to show off collectibles, photographs, or items related to the person’s hobby or work. Such table tops are unique and can reflect the personality and interests of the maker. They consist of a table top surface covered with small items then sealed with resin.
The process of making resin table tops is not difficult, but there are aspects of the process that require some practice and a certain level of expertise. The resin used to make the table tops is poured. Mixing and pouring the resin without bubbling problems is the hardest part of the entire process. It is also important not to rush things, as sometimes several layers of resin are required to complete a project, and each one must cure for at least a day before the next layer is poured.
For hobbyists who want to make their own resin table tops, one of the most important parts of the process is selecting the items to be preserved in the resin. There is no wrong way to go about it, as long as a few important things are kept in mind. Items need to be small enough to fit completely on the table’s surface, and they need to be thin enough to be completely covered by the layer of resin. They must also be able to tolerate being encased in liquid, though the resin will dry, and to withstand a certain amount of heat, as the resin can get fairly hot during the curing process.
To make resin table tops, the wooden base is first sealed with a thin layer of resin. Once that dries, the objects are arranged in any manner that appeals to the builder. Resin is then poured over the items until they are completely covered. Once they have cured, resin table tops are long-lasting, highly personalized pieces of furniture that can be used to enhance a home or an office.