American River Table

This a a desk table I made for my 8 year-old daughter. I give credit and inspiration to Mike Warren over at for the idea, in which he created a table in the same fashion using pecky cypress with awesome results. I used quartersawn unstained white oak, lacquer, photo luminescent glow dye combined with a 2 part resin for the river, and an old iron Singer sewing machine for the base. I hand drew the river and then basically free-handed the router to cut it out. I found this to work really well as the river came out more naturally, imperfections and all. These photos do not do justice to the table and the river. It’s difficult to get the light correct to show off just how awesome the river looks in the dark, as it absolutely pops with the lights off. One of the photos is just after I poured the resin and it provides a really good image of how the river looks in its glowing state. The glow dye just needs time under a light and then glows for a good long time, and the process can be repeated over and over. The thing that makes me most proud is the fact that my daughter loves the table (and she provided a lot of much appreciated sanding!), and she makes everyone who visits come and take a look. I’m currently using the same technique for a 6’ hard Maple dining table with industrial plumbing pipe for the legs. Thanks for looking everyone.

Woods: quartersawn white oak

Tools: sander sand paper table saw router wood glue clamps chisels 6" jointer lacquer biscut joiner resin

Tags: table glow dye resin iron base



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Mike40 ...

Looks great. The base gives it lot of character.

Gator ...

Thanks Mike.

Gator ...

A little better perspective.

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...


Gator ...

Thanks Wolf!

Thorreain ...

That sure is pretty. Nicely done, and great to see that you let your girl help. Memories you are creating will last her lifetime!

Tim ...

That is incredible. Congrats on a great table.

lightweightladylefty ...


That’s really unique!


Gator ...

Thanks everyone, can’t wait to start on the dining table.

Justin ...

Neat idea!

a1jim ...

Unique design.

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