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Guy Shows How To Make Glow-In-The-Dark Table With Photoluminescent Resin
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Guy Shows How To Make Glow-In-The-Dark Table With Photoluminescent Resin

As high-tech and alien as this glow-in-the-dark table might seem, it can actually be made right at home! All you need is a few planks of Pecky cypress wood, photoluminescent powder, resin, some tools, and a little elbow grease.

Mike Warren an Instructables enthusiast and the blogger behind the Man Crafts column at dollarstorecrafts.com, came up with a set of instructions for creating this table. By mixing the photoluminescent powder with the resin and using it to fill the holes that form naturally in Pecky cypress wood, you can create beautiful and naturally-shaped areas that will glow in the dark after charging up on sunlight.

If you’ve got the tools and the know-how, then check out Warren’s Instructable for instructions. His video of the table and how it looks can be found below, as can his answers to Bored Panda’s questions about his work. Take a look!

More info: instructables.commichaelsaurus.com | Etsy (h/t: colossal)

I thought of this project after browsing the aisles at a lumber store and seeing Pecky Cypress,” Mike Warren told Bored Panda. “I’ve never seen anything like it and knew I wanted to make something with it

As an avid woodworker, I’ve seen clear casting resin applied to tabletops as a protective finish and to fill voids from knots. Using this same technique that’s been around for ages, I just added the twist of glow powder

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

It’s been about 3 months since I made the table and it’s still doing great! It sits in the lab at work and it glows every night as I pass by it on my way home

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. People can find me on my Etsy shop to start the conversation about table orders

I’m a professional Design Engineer and make all kinds of things that blend functionality with whimsical absurdity, so this table fits squarely into the types of things I make

Thank you, Mike Warren, for talking to Bored Panda about your awesome DIY work. Keep on tinkering!

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ArklanOslin
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7 years ago

*adds to project list*

Paul Narloch
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7 years ago

I'd like to see what you produce. Feel free to share with my Facebook audience - www.facebook.com/FurnitureFlea

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RJazz909
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7 years ago

Want...must...haz...plz....how much would you charge to make another one?

Zephria
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7 years ago

Absolutely amazing! (:

TiffanyCrews
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7 years ago

I think I NEED to make this!!!

PaulNarloch
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7 years ago

Feel free to share your work on my with my FB audience - www.facebook.com/FurnitureFlea

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FionaDickson
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7 years ago

Wowwwwwwww!!!

Paul Narloch
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7 years ago

My thoughts exactly.

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Stella Winnifred
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1 year ago

Its a great blog on resins.I was searching this one for a long time.Now i got it..iam very to have this blog and its very informative...While iam searching i got another one site also,which is one of the best website for resins Sohman Epoxy. Apart from this check this one also Colors.Sure it will be very informative for you.Thank you.

Adreanna Rios
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5 years ago

where did u get the Photoluminescent Resin ? cause im in carpentry and would like to make this table

NadezhdaPetrova
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6 years ago

God I love it!

guess
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6 years ago

I know I'm tardy to the party, but... this was too cool not to comment on. So yeah. God bless

CanGurgul
Community Member
6 years ago

yess

HayleyLightcap
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7 years ago

do they come in any other colors then blue?

PeterEckels
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7 years ago

where do you get the photo-powder from? any diff. colors than blue? could use black light powder for indoor table. cool party table then.

Tomasz Pietrzyński
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3 years ago

You can buy glow in the dark powder aka luminescent pigment in https://chaostrade.eu/en_US/index - they have various sizes and colours.

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BusterBates
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7 years ago

does anyone know if you can get this wood in the UK? or if not an equivalent

Lucia Reddy
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7 years ago

VERY GOOD JOB!!! Very inspiring presentation!

GregoryFleming
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7 years ago

anyone suggest a replacement wood for cyprus? can't get it in ny... and if you can its dam expensive!

Belli Bone
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7 years ago

Yes, yes, YES!!!!

Laura Pelosi
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7 years ago

I am doing it by my self :D

Shelley Vidal Smith
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7 years ago

I really like this, but there has got to be a better way to pour the resin mix so it doesn't smear and show up when lights are out.

ShelleyVidalSmith
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7 years ago

I really like it, but there has got to be a better way to pour in the resin mix so when you turn the lights out that you can't see the smear

BojanRalic
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7 years ago

Just one question, what is the ratio between the glowing powder and resin? Finally have a idea for my new apartment, thanks.

Mona Jensen
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7 years ago

beyond cool!

MonaJensen
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7 years ago

this is beyond cool!

RobertErharter
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7 years ago

@paul How much Phosphoresant powder did it take to make that table? 100g Enough??

SHINee Onew
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7 years ago

I need one !!!

AlexanderHey
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7 years ago

Is it possible to tint the resin so it has color even when it isn't dark?

Tawnja Mabry
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7 years ago

This is very cool.

AlaricViola
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7 years ago

I want to make a cabin like this!

Bradford Petersen
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7 years ago

I want to make one.So cool!

BradfordPetersen
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7 years ago

I want to make one.

DaveOuellette
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7 years ago

Awsome ! What is the resin please ?

TristanSapp
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7 years ago

I want to make a guitar body with this process!! ... unfortunately, I now live in China and don't have any equipment here to do it with.

DonnaGerman
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7 years ago

I wish i had the tools to make this awesome table.

HaroldGibson
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7 years ago

Opens a whole new avenue for the younger wood lovers.

pixie82
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7 years ago

I really love this and would love to make one! Where can I buy the resin from, I live in Australia?

JoshBrack
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7 years ago

How much glow in the dark powder was used in this table?

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7 years ago

I love the idea!!

Community Member
7 years ago

To much work ! Too much tools !

Laura Austin
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7 years ago

Fantastic!

GloMaster
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7 years ago

LOVE IT!!! Don't know what glow sand used but you should check out AGT High Performance Glow Sand & Epoxy. www.ambientglowtechnology.com

KathyWest
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7 years ago

That's beautiful..

ShawnFinney
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7 years ago

Yep, totally going to make this!

JohnPiwaron
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7 years ago

Cool. I want some of that photoluminescent powder. I already use epoxy to fill cracks, gaps, etc. I try not to waste expensive wood.

Debbie Robey
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7 years ago

i would love to have one..this is awesome

DebbieRobey
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7 years ago

i love it

PatriciaHoville
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7 years ago

Could probably use this on other things besides tables. Not sure what thou but i have a great imagination, Ill figure out something.

johnJohnson
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7 years ago

this...needs to be made into a guitar. looks like im carving up an old guitar to try this

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GlynisLailann
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7 years ago

Would be great for bars & nightclubs.

TracyChoo
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7 years ago

Oh yea, I'll take one..... ....and a table too. #creativeman #creativestudio

JaredNicklas
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7 years ago

Do you think this could work with pine? Carving out the knots in a natural slab?

MārisKrūzmanis
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7 years ago

Nice!

Angela McGrath
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7 years ago

That would also look great in a front door

LaurieLee
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7 years ago

This is stunningly beautiful!

RobynEade
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7 years ago

love love love it ,,,, that colour is so bloody beautiful i melt a little inside

Paul Narloch
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7 years ago

Beautiful. Opens up avenues for artists and designers to create for nightclubs and street furniture.

KatieParker
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7 years ago

Looks great but that video wasn't very instruction able. How do I do it?! Steps!

ManuelUchrin
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7 years ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/Glow-table/?ALLSTEPS

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kakaposarecool
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7 years ago

It's nice, but I wouldn't want it in my house.

ChristopherMoore
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7 years ago

i think if he'd been more careful and "colored in the lines" so to speak, it wouldve been WAAAYYYYYY cooler

ArklanOslin
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7 years ago

*adds to project list*

Paul Narloch
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7 years ago

I'd like to see what you produce. Feel free to share with my Facebook audience - www.facebook.com/FurnitureFlea

Load More Replies...
RJazz909
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7 years ago

Want...must...haz...plz....how much would you charge to make another one?

Zephria
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7 years ago

Absolutely amazing! (:

TiffanyCrews
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7 years ago

I think I NEED to make this!!!

PaulNarloch
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7 years ago

Feel free to share your work on my with my FB audience - www.facebook.com/FurnitureFlea

Load More Replies...
FionaDickson
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7 years ago

Wowwwwwwww!!!

Paul Narloch
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7 years ago

My thoughts exactly.

Load More Replies...
Stella Winnifred
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1 year ago

Its a great blog on resins.I was searching this one for a long time.Now i got it..iam very to have this blog and its very informative...While iam searching i got another one site also,which is one of the best website for resins Sohman Epoxy. Apart from this check this one also Colors.Sure it will be very informative for you.Thank you.

Adreanna Rios
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5 years ago

where did u get the Photoluminescent Resin ? cause im in carpentry and would like to make this table

NadezhdaPetrova
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6 years ago

God I love it!

guess
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6 years ago

I know I'm tardy to the party, but... this was too cool not to comment on. So yeah. God bless

CanGurgul
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6 years ago

yess

HayleyLightcap
Community Member
7 years ago

do they come in any other colors then blue?

PeterEckels
Community Member
7 years ago

where do you get the photo-powder from? any diff. colors than blue? could use black light powder for indoor table. cool party table then.

Tomasz Pietrzyński
Community Member
3 years ago

You can buy glow in the dark powder aka luminescent pigment in https://chaostrade.eu/en_US/index - they have various sizes and colours.

Load More Replies...
BusterBates
Community Member
7 years ago

does anyone know if you can get this wood in the UK? or if not an equivalent

Lucia Reddy
Community Member
7 years ago

VERY GOOD JOB!!! Very inspiring presentation!

GregoryFleming
Community Member
7 years ago

anyone suggest a replacement wood for cyprus? can't get it in ny... and if you can its dam expensive!

Belli Bone
Community Member
7 years ago

Yes, yes, YES!!!!

Laura Pelosi
Community Member
7 years ago

I am doing it by my self :D

Shelley Vidal Smith
Community Member
7 years ago

I really like this, but there has got to be a better way to pour the resin mix so it doesn't smear and show up when lights are out.

ShelleyVidalSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

I really like it, but there has got to be a better way to pour in the resin mix so when you turn the lights out that you can't see the smear

BojanRalic
Community Member
7 years ago

Just one question, what is the ratio between the glowing powder and resin? Finally have a idea for my new apartment, thanks.

Mona Jensen
Community Member
7 years ago

beyond cool!

MonaJensen
Community Member
7 years ago

this is beyond cool!

RobertErharter
Community Member
7 years ago

@paul How much Phosphoresant powder did it take to make that table? 100g Enough??

SHINee Onew
Community Member
7 years ago

I need one !!!

AlexanderHey
Community Member
7 years ago

Is it possible to tint the resin so it has color even when it isn't dark?

Tawnja Mabry
Community Member
7 years ago

This is very cool.

AlaricViola
Community Member
7 years ago

I want to make a cabin like this!

Bradford Petersen
Community Member
7 years ago

I want to make one.So cool!

BradfordPetersen
Community Member
7 years ago

I want to make one.

DaveOuellette
Community Member
7 years ago

Awsome ! What is the resin please ?

TristanSapp
Community Member
7 years ago

I want to make a guitar body with this process!! ... unfortunately, I now live in China and don't have any equipment here to do it with.

DonnaGerman
Community Member
7 years ago

I wish i had the tools to make this awesome table.

HaroldGibson
Community Member
7 years ago

Opens a whole new avenue for the younger wood lovers.

pixie82
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7 years ago

I really love this and would love to make one! Where can I buy the resin from, I live in Australia?

JoshBrack
Community Member
7 years ago

How much glow in the dark powder was used in this table?

Community Member
7 years ago

I love the idea!!

Community Member
7 years ago

To much work ! Too much tools !

Laura Austin
Community Member
7 years ago

Fantastic!

GloMaster
Community Member
7 years ago

LOVE IT!!! Don't know what glow sand used but you should check out AGT High Performance Glow Sand & Epoxy. www.ambientglowtechnology.com

KathyWest
Community Member
7 years ago

That's beautiful..

ShawnFinney
Community Member
7 years ago

Yep, totally going to make this!

JohnPiwaron
Community Member
7 years ago

Cool. I want some of that photoluminescent powder. I already use epoxy to fill cracks, gaps, etc. I try not to waste expensive wood.

Debbie Robey
Community Member
7 years ago

i would love to have one..this is awesome

DebbieRobey
Community Member
7 years ago

i love it

PatriciaHoville
Community Member
7 years ago

Could probably use this on other things besides tables. Not sure what thou but i have a great imagination, Ill figure out something.

johnJohnson
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7 years ago

this...needs to be made into a guitar. looks like im carving up an old guitar to try this

Load More Replies...
GlynisLailann
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7 years ago

Would be great for bars & nightclubs.

TracyChoo
Community Member
7 years ago

Oh yea, I'll take one..... ....and a table too. #creativeman #creativestudio

JaredNicklas
Community Member
7 years ago

Do you think this could work with pine? Carving out the knots in a natural slab?

MārisKrūzmanis
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7 years ago

Nice!

Angela McGrath
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7 years ago

That would also look great in a front door

LaurieLee
Community Member
7 years ago

This is stunningly beautiful!

RobynEade
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7 years ago

love love love it ,,,, that colour is so bloody beautiful i melt a little inside

Paul Narloch
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful. Opens up avenues for artists and designers to create for nightclubs and street furniture.

KatieParker
Community Member
7 years ago

Looks great but that video wasn't very instruction able. How do I do it?! Steps!

ManuelUchrin
Community Member
7 years ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/Glow-table/?ALLSTEPS

Load More Replies...
kakaposarecool
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7 years ago

It's nice, but I wouldn't want it in my house.

ChristopherMoore
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7 years ago

i think if he'd been more careful and "colored in the lines" so to speak, it wouldve been WAAAYYYYYY cooler

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