If you happened to see one of these Glow Tables at a friend’s house, you would automatically assume it was something fancy and overpriced, perhaps even purchased at an alien trade show. In reality, this nifty table can be made at home for a very affordable price if you have the right tools and wood working know-how.
Mike Warren manages a pretty cool Man Crafts blog at dollarstorecrafts.com. As one of his features he wrote about how to make a glow in the dark table using basic wood working skills, a few tools, Photoluminescent powder, resin, and Pecky Cyprus wood. Once these tables charge up under the sunlight, they are ready to show off their glowing powers.
Watch Mike create the awesome table here, and make sure to check out his how-to video located at the bottom of the post.
Standout tables that could easily cost of thousands of dollars are now more accessible by following Mike’s instructions, but at the very least you should know how to cut and sand wood before taking on the project. The instructions for making the glow in the dark table includes mixing Photoluminescent powder with resin and then filling in the natural holes found in Pecky Cypress wood with the mixture.
In an interview with Bored Panda, Mike reveals, “I thought of this project after browsing the aisles at a lumber store and seeing Pecky Cypress, I’ve never seen anything like it and knew I wanted to make something with it.”
Pecky Cypress wood is a Cypress that has been naturally damaged by fungal growth, causing the holes and knots to form due to rot. The damaged portions of the wood can easily be removed using a hand tool followed by compressed air to blow away the excess debris.
Once the table is glued together, had proper time to dry, and is completely clean of excess dust and dirt, it’s time to fill in the holes with the glow in the dark resin mix.
The resin itself requires a special prepping process. Mike purchased clear casting resin and blue glow in the dark powder, which he recommends using more of as opposed to less. The more glowing agent you add, the more brilliant the final appearance. You don’t have to stick to blue; there are many different colors of glow powder available.
As an active woodworker, Mike has seen people use clear casting resin as a protection to fill in the knots and holes naturally found in wood. Mike took this same idea and added the glow powder twist.
Mike says of his first time viewing a completed table, “After the resin had cured, I took the table top out into the sun and was amazed at how much it glowed when I brought it back inside. It’s really like magic and something that isn’t quite captured in pictures or video.”
Since the table requires sunlight to charge up and glow, it’s best sat beneath a window where it can collect sunlight during the day and glow all night.
It’s been over 3 months since Mike first constructed his own glowing table, and he says that it still looks great, and glows his goodbye through the window each night as he leaves his office and heads home.
Not everyone has the skills or tools to make this table, hence why Mike has been getting plenty of requests for him to construct the table. Mike admits, “The response has been overwhelming and I am getting requests from all over the world to make tables for people. I am starting the process to get ready to manufacture custom tables for people.”
If you are interested in ordering a custom made glow in the dark table from Mike, head on over to his Etsy shop!