How to Make an Ocean Table
I Like To Make Stuff’s Bob Clagett uses concrete and epoxy to bring the beach indoors
Don’t want to abandon the beach at the end of your vacation? Bring it to you with this side table that resembles a cross-section of the ocean. Bob Clagett shared the video how-to of this project to his website after being inspired by river tables and his wife’s love for the ocean. This project takes about a week to complete when you factor in set and dry times, and it took Bob three tries to get it just right. He shares his best tips for the concrete and epoxy processes in his video, and the steps are outlined here.
Step 1: Make the Concrete Form
Cut melamine to make the concrete form. You’ll need a bottom piece that’s the same length and width as the size you’d like your table to be, and four pieces for the sides that will dictate the height. Be sure to keep two of these pieces slightly larger than the others for a secure form.
Bind the side pieces to each other and the base piece of melamine with screws. Then, cut small pieces of melamine to mimic the sizes of your inset table legs. Cut one piece the width of the leg and cut a smaller piece to make up the difference in width on the other side. Glue the two pieces together with CA glue, then put in place.
Finally, seal the form with silicone sealant at each seam. Also seal the cut edges of the melamine to prevent the concrete from sticking. Apply mold release to ease in removing the corners and side pieces from the concrete and epoxy.