Circuit boards with lights in epoxy in a table

Circuit boards with lights in epoxy in a table

Circuit board table in 10 steps Step 1 The Idea. putting boards like these in epoxy in a table ..but.. .. what table? at last I found this table online the modern steel legs will go well with the boards Step 2 Preparation. the wood of the old table was discolored and the steel was dirty so with paint stripper I removed old layers of varnish (I used a scrape card for that) and I cleaned the steel the backs of the boards had to be really flat first I tried to remove components with a soldering iron but the fastest way was with pliers Step 3 Making room. mmm.. how would I be putting the boards in? I mean, in what shape? I chose the simple strip shape I cut that shape to depth with the saw .. to about 25 mm I took out a 25 x 4 grid with the router the remaining blocks, I chiseled out big pieces with the grain of the wood the rest sideways and after cleaning it was ready for.. Step 4 Putting the boards in. I didn’t want to see any wood in the small spaces next to the boards so I put in this aluminium tape then it was just a puzzle here and there I had to .. .. force a board down with a screw because the middle name of my workshop .. .. is ‘dust’ .. I figured I had to make a tent before pouring epoxy Step 5 Making a tent. nothing fancy, just two tent-shaped ends connected by wood on the sides strips .. .. covered with garbage bags some boards were still loose for the following step they needed to be fixed so this was the first pour with epoxy last chance to position the boards Step 7 Putting in the LEDs (that are no longer LEDs 🙂 I wanted lights to light up but without electricity .. no cables or batteries .. nah .. so I thought of fiber optic cable and I took a normal LED drilled a hole in the bottom broke off the wires .. and stuck a fiber cable in then I drilled holes in the boards and stuck the (glued) fibers in this block with a hole .. is the focal point for the fiber cables I pulled the fibers through .. .. glued them in .. .. and cut them off funny: you can see the colors of the LEDs just to make sure .. I poured in the LEDs so far, so good .. on to .. Step 8 The Big Pour. witness .. the pouring of .. 7 liters epoxy the epoxy revealed .. the table is bent in the middle so I had to pour extra at the sides Step 9 Sanding don’t ask me why .. .. but I recorded all of the sanding so now I know .. .. it took me a total of 2.5 hours with 60, 100, 180 and 320 grit Step 10 Finish the original plan was .. .. to sand and polish the epoxy instead I decided to pour an extra layer I’ll explain later why I sanded the wood one last time and gave it some coats of Danish Oil>The End Result Epilogue So? Success or Fail? well, opposite of what you might think after watching this video the table was a fail What? Why? Somewhere in the process, and I’m not exactly sure where, the epoxy got not mixed well enough. That resulted in sticky soft spots and very ugly spots wait, let me show you Couldn’t it be repaired? that’s why I tried to put another layer over it all – what you just saw in the ‘finish’-part of the video but that didn’t help at all there were so many soft spots at the sides, that the sticky epoxy kept crawling up and out so not only were there ugly spots IN the epoxy, the table being permanently sticky, made it as good as useless Bummer! Yeah, I was quite upset by this, because 95 percent of the epoxy is fine and it is very nice to look at the many details of the circuit boards and to play with the lights What now? well, I guess I have to take my loss and see it as a learning thing What will you do with the table? I’m not sure yet. I’ll keep it for now and think about it. really getting it right would mean to make an extra groove at the sides, between the wood and the epoxy, with a router or a saw and chisel the failed epoxy out that would be a lot of work, so .. I guess I’ll sleep on it for a while Although the table might not be a complete success, just maybe you learned something of the video, or maybe you found the video entertaining. If you liked the video (not the table) please like the video and subscribe to the channel. See you in our next video!

100 thoughts on “Circuit boards with lights in epoxy in a table

  • Just get a giant panel of glass and stick it on top. It will negate the sticky effect of the resin and give an awesome finish with added depth

  • as a tip for speed sanding epoxy if you buy a sand disk for angle grinder with 60 or 80 grid on a backing pad. or a belt sander both work really well :).

  • Those circuit boards do look like miniature futuristic cities. And I enjoyed the music. Nicely done, but as others have said I would've used a piece of glass on top of the resin with about 1/16 of an inch of space between.

  • You suppose the arsenic residue left on the circuit boards in their manufacture could of caused a bad reaction in the epoxy?

  • а тупо на 5 мм выше деревянной основы нельзя было долить а потом просто отшлифовать?(и музыка наложеная все видео портит на уши давит)

  • I know how frustrating that can be, especially if you are an ocd perfectionist. I know exactly what you mean about the few soft spots ruining it, nothing worse than epoxy that didn't mix properly.

  • A really nice attempt, May I suggest turning the tent you made into a vacuum seal, pull aoo the air out before it sets, then you could do a final leveling coat after.

  • Just cut the whole middle section out, create a replacement, with a backing, fix the backing underneath the table and pour again, making sure you mix well and vibrate the table to get rid of air bubbles. the sander would do the job, just without sanding paper in it.

  • We like the look of epoxy in many projects (probably smaller ones) and that is what leads many people to attempt a large project with it. I think they rarely ever meet the creator's expectations. And yes it is always a learning experience for all of us. Thanks for the video and your efforts. I enjoyed it.

  • I think mixing the epoxy in separate containers can cause a problem because the formula will never match. Might try a 5 gallon bucket and mix it all at once.

  • Thank you for the video. I had this exact idea for a card table inlaid with a career's worth of old processors and memory chips. I wonder if the failed epoxy was simply not mixed well enough?

  • What you've learnt from this: The epoxy was a failure.
    What we've learnt from this: Screw with your failure!! That LED with fiber optic wire is a brilliant idea, and your table is awesome!!

  • That's pretty badass! As an IT person it was all epic idea. So sad that it didn't pan out successfully though!!! Maybe you did to much epoxy pour at once?

  • Persönlich muß ich sagen, daß ich Dein Projekt nicht als Misserfolg betrachte. Dass der Tisch nicht perfekt geworden ist, gibt ihm Charakter. Und wie schon von einem Kommentator vorgeschlagen: Glasplatte auf den Tisch montieren, dadurch wäre er dann immerhin nutzbar und nicht weiter klebrig.

  • Excellent project…great original idea at an affordable cost, and looks great…yes, it is not perfect…but who is it?

  • Why not put a sheet of glass on top. As a fellow sander I understand your body naturally recorded the sanding process as it is a painful one. Causing nerve damage. My hands are always buzzing.

  • if it were me i cut the epoxy out, letting it drop to the floor and re epoxy the hole plus in bed the fibers into the epoxy so they are not seen.

  • cut out the center with a jigsaw, put in another attempt made separately on a plywood base. table is to nice to not try again.

  • Ahh, epoxy. Het is sterk aanbevolen om een mixstaaf te gebruiken met bijvoorbeeld een accuboor. Zoals je hebt geleerd is het goed mixen van het mengsel van vitaal belang. Wanneer je denkt dat je klaar bent met mixen, mix je nog een halve minuut extra langer door om zeker van te zijn.

  • try to remove the top layer of epoxy by sanding. If the problem is in the top layer that may be fixed…. What about doubleing with glass?

  • it is an amazing work, at the table looks really nice. And your work have extra value cuz you tell all the true (most of the people hide their mistakes), so, double congrats for that. It is a super original idea, I will try to copy in a smaller project….thanks a lot for share your work!!

  • Bilionaire/Famous actor/singer,..: "Where can I get a furniture table to show my level of Rich/Cool/Famous"

    Me: Take a look at this video. Its limited edition.

  • What should i search for to find this kind of wood?, i am planing in making a desk for my PC setup and this kind of mixed color wood is all i need 😛

  • If the sticky epoxy is a problem, how about doing a light layer of epoxy followed by a layer of either glass or plexiglass (if the plexiglass doesn't have an adverse reaction to the epoxy). Then if there are any sticky spots, they are 1 trapped under a surface that is known to be solid and 2 controlled by the groove trap due to gravity.

  • Put a big " Glass " over it. It would have been easier and faster! Something goes wrong or LED out, you can replace it easily! " Epoxy Obsession " can kill you! LOL

  • Ich würde so gerne mit Holz arbeiten, und so ein Tisch wäre genau was für mich, nicht mit Leiterplatten, aber ich habe andere Filme gesehen, leider bin ich mit Holz verarbeiten nicht sehr begabt.

  • If there isn't too much liquid phase resin entrained in large bubbles, you could try vacuum bagging and baking. It won't significantly set residual liquid resin without more catalyst. But, it should remove the volatile organics available to the surface, and "dry" the wet/stickiness out of everything. What level of defect "repair" you choose to do beyond that is up to you. Fill bubbles, cut 'em out, color them, light them, whatever. Failures give Damascus steel its defining character. As a table, it's a bit inorganic without some, for my taste.

  • Bro, please don't do anymore shit that is just dumb as fuck AND bad for the environment. The youtube $$$ aint worth it.

  • Perhaps a sheet of glass glued over the entire surface of the table or a part with microcircuits fixed the suitability of the table ?!

  • I have seen some Youtubers using c channels underneath before huge epoxy pours to prevent bending…. u may try it next time

  • иждея для стола — деньги. деньги. деньги – много денег из металла и бумаги. но..
    но только старые. стран которых нет..франки. марки. сотинки . советские рубли и прочее… и сделать надпись

  • Ben si , çà donne quand même …et l'idée lumineuse serait d 'en faire une mégapole avec les rangées de luminaires le long des grandes avenues , genre Paris by night …bravo et merci de tant de références pour les amoureux du bricolage artist concept …

  • Next time please leave the music out.
    The yo-yo volume level was horrible.
    We also don't need to witness every drop of every pour to know you did it, that's just making the video far too long.

  • Solutions: do smaller pours and use a heat gun to pull the bubbles out. That will also help with the poor mixture of epoxy. Tape the edges of the table before the final pour, so you can just pull the over-flow off with the tape.

  • I think you should try to salvage your hard work and maybe find a way to remove the bad parts and repair and refill them. I love this concept and have seen many videos of this type and the one thing everyone seems to pay particular attention to is mixing the resin perfectly in very large mixing/measuring containers to ensure a nice consistent even pour over the entire area in layers. For example 4 liters for the 1st pour, let dry, then pour the remaining amount needed to make it level with the table top and cover components. Also in other videos they will try to get all the bubbles out and apply heat during the curing /drying process. I really want to have a table like this in future because I had one in the past. It was an old door from a catholic church in mexico Me and my wife (now ex-wife) were placing photos bank notes, coins, and other souvenirs under the resin as a way to remember our adventures together.

  • Ziet er geweldig mooi uit, jammer dat het misgegaan is. Plekken met slecht gemixte hars kan je niet herstellen helaas, of je zou de plekken helemaal weg moeten halen, maar dan beschadig je waarschijnlijk de printplaten. Het beste is om de hars met verharder met een boormachine en een verfmixer te mengen, of in een afgesloten blik en dan goed schudden. Je weet dat Epoxy zwaar giftig is? Tijdens het verwerken altijd een koolstofmasker (P2) gebruiken. Het nadeel van Epoxy is dat het vrijwel geurloos is. Je kan Epoxy jarenlang zonder een probleem verwerken maar dan opeens wordt je er allergisch voor, en dan heb je een probleem. Ik ken iemand die jarenlang helikopter rompen bouwde voor RC Helikopters, op een dag was hij bezig met een relatief kleine reparatie met Epoxy. Omdat hij "voor een uurtje" in de garage zou zijn en zijn vrouw met het eten op hem wachtte ging ze kijken waar hij bleef. Hij lag letterlijk te stikken, zijn ogen zaten dicht door slijmvorming en hapte naar lucht. Gelukkig hebben ze hem kunnen redden en het bleek een heftige reactie op de Epoxy te zijn. Het was een grote forse kerel met een grondverzet bedrijf en hij geloofde niet dat het door de Epoxy kwam, want "ik werk er al 30 jaar mee en nooit een probleem gehad, dus dat kan niet" Met het gevolg dat hij nog een keer in het ziekenhuis terecht kwam nadat hij een klein bekertje Epoxy aangemaakt had. Toen wist hij het ook.

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