Imagine sitting outside and as the sun sets for the day, your table begins to glow with photoluminescent goodness. It may look like it’s out of this world but a glow-in-the-dark table can actually be built at home using some Pecky Cypress planks and photoluminescent powder mixed with resin.
Pecky Cypress is a type of wood that forms pockets due to a natural fungus that sculpts the tree. After cutting the tree, the fungus dies and leaves indentations or “pockets” in the wood.
The table is the brainchild of Mike Warren, an Instructables enthusiast and a regular blogger at dollarstorecrafts.com (Man Crafts section). If you don’t have the tools needed, you can order a custom made table directly from Warren’s Etsy shop at the end of this article.
The glow-in-the-dark table has a unique glowing effect that gives it a truly unique look.
In an interview with Bored Panda, Warren explains how he got inspired “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”
Choosing the right piece or Cypress with just enough hollows will produce the most light. The planks are bound together and their size varies depending on how big or small the table has to be.
The damaged pockets need to have all the rot removed with a flat-head screwdriver and then sanded down.
The resin containing the glow powder is then carefully poured into all the cavities of the Pecky Cypress.
Once dry, Warren takes it out into the sun for several minutes and it already glows once it’s brought back inside.
Now that it is almost complete, it goes through another process of sanding and other preparations to make it a fully-assembled table.
Instructables also posted a YouTube video of the entire assembly process…