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!

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

  • October 10, 2019 at 11:18 pm
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    Glass glass glass glass, glass glass glass

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  • October 11, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    When a DIY'r tech nerd watches too much home improvement tv 🙂 Great video!
    Personally I think it looks awesome.
    I would get a piece of glass made for the table top, put some 35% window tint on it, and just set it on top of everything.
    Thus, the tint will hide the imperfections of the epoxy, yet let the circuit boards and wood be visibly appealing.
    Definitely not a loss or a fail, just an unexpected step in the process towards the finished table!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 12:13 am
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    Einstein never failed, he just found several ways not to make a light bulb…
    Us truckers never get lost, we just find different ways to get there…
    The table isn't a failure, its just not completed…

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  • October 11, 2019 at 12:29 am
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    great job. Fails don't exist . only learning does. Thank you for your efforts and showing me .

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:42 am
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    WELP! Now I have to do this; Except I plan on just cutting a piece of glass to lay over the circuit boards. That not only fixes the sticky issue, but fixes by removing the possibility of imperfections, and will allow me to change the circuit boards in the future for a nice change of pace. Awesome video, it looks so cool!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:58 am
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    gr8 waste of elemental ressources…shame

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    screwed up at the last possible moment… you should have sanded it instead of pouring that uneven wobbly last layer (you can see how uneven it is even though you try to hide it)… what a shame…

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    Bakwas

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    これは使いたくないwww

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    Leuk project:)
    Jammer dat het niet 100% goed ging maar nog steeds super gedaan:D

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:44 am
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    You're on the right track. Give it another go. Great job

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    I appreciate all your hard work. Thank you for the video. Keep your chin up. Have faith and keep moving forward.

    God bless you and your family from the 🇺🇸. 🙂

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:12 am
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    what is the see through liquid that was pured? was is glass?

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    Hey, Been meaning to comment. I think the reason it failed is the epoxy was contaminated more than likely by the thermal paste and or dielectric grease on the boards, more than likely is silicone or similar based and NOT compatible with the epoxy.. if you're going to try it again, I would suggest washing the boards with acetone first. Use acetone, as it actually washes away any grease / silicone by encapsulating it and carrying it away, also remove any heat syncs to wipe away any evidence of thermal paste. if this isn't possible, you might be able to soak them in a acetone bath possibly, but I'm not sure how the plastic of the boards will react to that…

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  • October 11, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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    Great Video. Thank you for adding the Epilogue. it's really helpful.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    Pop a vortex machine in that joint

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    Русские виноваты)

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    C * C* C* C* C * C* C* C* C* C*

    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    la música no enseña nada , explique el trabajo

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    What about trying to cure with UV light?

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    should have tourched it

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    Geniale Idee schade drum. Aber wieso brauchen die LEDs kein Strom 🤔

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    At least what I learned is that epoxy is quite tricky to handle. Good try though, I am sure you learnt a lot and your next project will be successful.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    Когда починишь мой компьютер?!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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    Even when it wasn't all working, great idea 👍

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    Some people mentioned put a glass over it but I think a better solution is a 2 or 3mm layer of well mixed epoxy.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    WOW !!, to me its looks really cool !, nice video explaining how you did it, ill try something smaller (much smaller). I agree that maybe a pane of glass cut to measure will do the trick and will resolve sticky spots.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Me encanta preciosa mesa

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    In my humble opinion, I think you should sealed the hole before putting the boards. All woods are more or less porous, this can make a bad reaction of the epoxy. Another reason could have been the quantity of resin you poured each time. More resin, more temperature. Although I never worked with transparent epoxy, I can say that transparent resins like poliester are very difficult to work with. All this is just to say that you had a magnificent idea, I loved the mix of steel, varnished wood and the motherboards with all the details on it. Again, transparent resins are very difficult, unless you do a casting mould (not very big). Excellent idea, keep it up. Greetings from spain

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    You could have used thin clear glass that makes sense right.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:42 am
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    Epoxy the entire top!!!!

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  • October 12, 2019 at 3:13 am
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    damn, and I loved the original table lol

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    RGB and controller around the edge would be cool. You could put a solar panel in the expoxy and a small battery under the table with the controller

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  • October 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    If they were meaningful circuit boards I would understand, or maybe even memorable to the owner…
    for me, I would put the amiga 1000 circuit board in, and a few supermicro boards… but that is just me.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 9:10 am
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    your fail was not showing the full end result first

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  • October 12, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    Crazy how it looks like a city.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 11:02 am
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    Loved it yes a pity that happened but wonderful idea and we all learn by our mistakes l am a auto spray painter by trade and have seen similar problems with epoxy once epoxy is mixed let it stand for at least 5 minutes make sure every application of epoxy is exactly the same mix same temperature every layer must be dry before next one. Or mix big batch one hit rather than layers important thing stir well mix must be the same cheers

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Hope you got loads of money for it selling it to an electronics company for their board room (excuse the bun hehe)

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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    fulls size piece of glass will make it usable

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    Why not cut out the entire middle section and screw in a slightly larger board in from the bottom? Also, why not run the entire top through a planer at low speed after the epoxy was poured? So much wasted time.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    idiot

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    Furniture for nerds

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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    Epoxy choice is KEY.
    Many different products out there.
    Interesting concept. Thanks for sharing a stunning fail. Shows the learning curve.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    Hihacks est passé par là :p

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  • October 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    I could use some of those parts…

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  • October 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    🚀🚀🚀🚀👍👍👍👍👀👀👀👀

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  • October 12, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    quel tallent .

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  • October 12, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    Excellent work! ❤️👍

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  • October 12, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    In another video the guy put a strand of caulking around the area where the epoxy would go so it would not go over too badly, thus reducing his sanding time. When the epoxy hardened he took a small scraping blade and removed the caulking then sanded.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    The Epoxy may not cure for two reasons. Either the mix ratio of the base and the curing agent was not right. Second problem could be the layer thickness of the final layer. If the surface cures to fast the bottom of the layer may not cure.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 11:05 pm
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    Thank you for frankness in the end result of the table. However, you made a wonderful table that I hope has inspired others to attempt something similar. In that regard, you have succeeded in spades.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 11:19 pm
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    Ciekawy design! Fajnie wyszło, gratuluje pomysłu ze wstawieniem płyt głównych, stół dla IT w sam raz 😀

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  • October 12, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    how do bulbs get replaced when they wear out if theyre under the epoxy?bet the cat has fun chasing the flashing lights. you went to a lot of trouble. Well done!

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  • October 12, 2019 at 11:53 pm
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    Could a strip of steel inside the edge all way round help?

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  • October 12, 2019 at 11:59 pm
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    I think it was a super idea and the end result was stunning even if not perfect. I sort of like the imperfections

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  • October 13, 2019 at 12:10 am
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    Still love it…genius

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  • October 13, 2019 at 12:13 am
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    Very good

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  • October 13, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    wow factor!!!!

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  • October 13, 2019 at 1:09 am
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    Y así,… es como le das en la madre a una mesa.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    Is it possible that there were chemicals on the circuit boards like incompatible epoxies, glues, heat sink compounds, or waxes? These could have interfered with your epoxy curing, especially if your epoxy got warm.
    Still, a beautiful table. Maybe a glass top?

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  • October 13, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    If I did something like this, the whole board would be functional in some way.. even if the board did nothing but control the lights and it would go to sub boards around each place setting that would control another set of lights for different effects and glowing, etc for the different holidays and maybe even play music or have screens to do such things as que up a nearby computer song list.. etc

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  • October 13, 2019 at 2:44 am
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    very nice , it's a beautiful table !!

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  • October 13, 2019 at 3:17 am
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    Eh I’d say poor taste great execution

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  • October 13, 2019 at 3:41 am
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    Ok so, some "mistakes" that i've seen, and that could have made the table completely perfect:
    – Your could have used either an industrial heating blowdrier after each layer of resin to get the air bubbles out, or seal the entire thing in a vaccum chamber (which is time inefficient for big projects);
    – You could have gone ahead with sanding till 6000, and then use the wool polish head of the sanding machine, and it would have been completely polished, just waiting for the clear varnish coat. Oils like the danish one are nice, but they leave the wood dessicated over long periods of time (im talking 10+ years).
    – You could have changed the order of the operations and laid the fibers under the circuit boards, then do the same process of gathering them together then drill a single bigger hole through the table, and then install a pvc extension clipped to the underside of the table that would then lead to where you would ultimately have the "out" end (Ideally you could have drilled an entire tunnel to the end of the table but the machines that do that are pretty much factory equipment so i went with the less expensive option).
    But regardless, your table came out very nice! And no, i don't think you should put a glass layer too, haha.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 4:17 am
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    Get creative with your router and inserts… You don't have to go full-depth. Just enough to place something over the majority of the bad spots. Un-populated circuit-boards are cheap, by the box, online. Perhaps just some purposeful "cuts", using the mess-up as part of the art. Tinted epoxy patterns, broken scraps of broken circuit components, Retro computer logos, copper-wire creations… Route them out, clean them up, stuff something-else in there, as the focal-points, above the "artistic blurry spots below, with a new layer of epoxy over it.

    You can force more of it to look bad, with a screened blow-torch. Ultimately, I would suggest covering the whole table in epoxy, as the final product. Less work and it doesn't care if the table is level. It is self-leveling, if you allow it to just pour over the edges and settle-in with that thin layer on top. (Look-up non-caustic self-leveling DIY epoxy counter-tops. Yes, that is a thing… You actually use a blow-torch to "lock-in" specific design-elements, when making those custom counters.

    Honestly though, I would have just gone with a glass-top and simply mounted the circuit-boards to a pane that could be removed and changed. Cut entirely through the whole table, so you don't have to remove the glass to change the art.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    Very cool idea! Thank !!!

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  • October 13, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    You need to do pour in one go.. when u do more then one pour, the different layers harden at different rates, causing those imperfections.. also, need to keep bubbles out of epoxy, which is very difficult in itself. If you have to do multiple pours, the first one needs to fully cure.. like a month.. then do next pour.. it’s not fun.. end result is spectacular tho.. I still love your table!. Fiber optic idea was really cool.. I’m impressed.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 7:16 am
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    浪費錢還不環保….

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  • October 13, 2019 at 7:38 am
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    Your a genius the work u did is unbelievable love your work

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  • October 13, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    If you don’t fail you can’t succeed. Maybe you could cut the complete section out with a circular saw or router put a sheet underneath it and try again with a different epoxy

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  • October 13, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    you could have at least made it a working computer. still, I enjoyed watching you fail

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  • October 13, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    It tooks you 5 sanding machines…

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  • October 13, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    Other than that… loved it… nice thinking out the box

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  • October 13, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    Ya, looks dumb. But hey .. to each their own.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    Should have LED'd the entire thing in some fashion.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    Ikea makes a better one. 🙂

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  • October 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    Just coat the all table with Epoxy! Great job by the way.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    (SLOW MOE VOICE)nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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  • October 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    👎

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  • October 13, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    The other day I where out to buy a cooking top, the seller ensured me it had wifi.
    And now your showing me your table with PCI express, expandable ram, several cpu's and it's all fanless.
    Sometimes I just wan't to go back to the stone age, but my time machine broke.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    Chiseling… hell nah CNC router time.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    Any how the table is so amazing and beautiful, really love the job…..

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  • October 13, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    Just hit it with automotive laqure

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  • October 13, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    Das muss sehr viel Arbeit gemacht haben. Aber das Ergebnis kann sich sehen lassen.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    From @8:12, It's like struck by tsunami to a circuit city.
    I would love to buy this table 😀

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  • October 13, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    waste of money waste of chemicals waste of time waste of sanding paper waste of electricity.
    your idea is not cool.cant be good even you do perfect.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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    If you get glass for the whole table it will solve the problem.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    A heat gun should get it out

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  • October 13, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    well done…..i love this idea….seems it needs some tweaking but i wanna try it

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  • October 14, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    Did u know that when adding rgb to ur setup. +1 lumen=+15 fps

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  • October 14, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    "Nothing fancy" makes tent nicer than my house

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  • October 14, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    WOW!!!!!! IT'S DEFINITELY AN AWESOME LOOKING TABLE AND DESIGN IDEA!!!! GREAT SUCCESS, CONSIDERING ALL THAT YOU, (AND YOUR VIEWERS) HAVE LEARNED!!! BRAVO!!!! THANKS FOR SHARING!!!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 2:30 am
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    What if you placed a glass top? Also what if you did the whole table with an epoxy top? It might still have the soft spots or? Who knows… But all in all it's a great & lovely idea.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    Don't give up. Add heat to the unset epoxy and you may get it to harden up. 120f degrees for a few hours.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 4:19 am
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    Nice

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  • October 14, 2019 at 4:34 am
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    In god onrust!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    Genius!
    althouggh, it offically called failed in the end, but still, quite a piece of work. thanks for the video.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    You have not failed, you have learned from it. And you learn the most from failures.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    Way too much extra time to build this!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 5:45 am
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    I love it anyway!!!!!!

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