Making a Comic Table

Posted on August 1, 2013

I promised Umur I’d post something this week, so here’s something I’ve been holding until I got the last completed photo in, but said screw it.

So, we first tried mod podging some random magazine clippings, get an idea of how it all works, how much to use, all that.

My only major tip is mod podge light, even coats, and after it semi dries, go over it again on top to really penetrate through the paper. Glossy and other impenetrable media are a bit more difficult to work with, but light even coats is the only way to avoid rippling with that as well.

on to the process!

First, we built a table. It’s crude, made with home depot posts, 2×4, and particle board. We sanded the table top itself to give a smooth finish for the comics, but we didn’t sand anything else really. Light sanding for a good painting surface, but that was it, only the table top got a good sanding treatment with a belt and hand sanding.

I was really bad with taking process photos, so it’s a bit jumpy.

Table AssembledHere’s the table assembled

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Taken: 16 July, 2012
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/180s


IMAG0425Getting the Table Top ready


_DSC4203Table Top done!
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Taken: 16 July, 2012
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/180s


_DSC4201 Table Top close up
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.3
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Taken: 16 July, 2012
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/180s


_DSC4217 Robin finally taking a moment’s rest to share photos and read some reddit
  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Taken: 16 July, 2012
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/180s


_DSC4216 Getting ready for assembly and epoxy!
  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Taken: 16 July, 2012
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/180s


DSCN0952 I suck at in process photos, so here’s the table after finishing paint, assembly, sealing, and epoxy pouring.
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: COOLPIX P500
  • Taken: 23 March, 2013
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 6.7mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s


DSCN0945
  • Aperture: ƒ/3.4
  • Camera: COOLPIX P500
  • Taken: 23 March, 2013
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 4mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s


DSCN0946
  • Aperture: ƒ/3.4
  • Camera: COOLPIX P500
  • Taken: 23 March, 2013
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 4mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s


DSCN0950
  • Aperture: ƒ/3.4
  • Camera: COOLPIX P500
  • Taken: 23 March, 2013
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 4mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s


DSCN0953 It was winter, so we did this indoors with the windows open.
  • Aperture: ƒ/3.4
  • Camera: COOLPIX P500
  • Taken: 23 March, 2013
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 4mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s


I still haven’t gotten a chance to take photos of the table after curing, but I assure you it looks pretty much exactly like it does while wet, perhaps SLIGHTLY less shiny. It’s quite hard, and quite beautiful. To do it truly properly, after this is all done and cured, we should go back with fine grit sandpaper and smooth out the top again and put one last razor thin layer of epoxy, but it’s so flat and smooth already it’s really not necessary.
DSCN0944 And this is the cover photo.
  • Aperture: ƒ/3.4
  • Camera: COOLPIX P500
  • Taken: 23 March, 2013
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 4mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s