Design & DIY

Creative carpenter fills wood gaps with glow-in-the-dark resin

Resin is a staple tool of carpenters for filling cracks and splits in wood projects, but this creative twist pioneered by woodworker Mike Warren mixes in glow-in-the-dark materials to create a beautiful melding of natural materials and otherworldly glow.

Check out the pictures below, and if you’d like to try a project like this yourself, you’re in luck. Follow this link for detailed constructions as to how you can create your own similar project.

Essentially, aluminum plumber’s tape was used to reinforce the crack’s edges, and the surface levelled.The stiff tape is important so that it maintains a uniform edge alone the sides of the wood.

Then the resin was heated and mixed with the pigment that glows. “Hot tip,” warm the resin with a hand dryer to speed up the popping of bubbles.

The resulting shelves were mounted on standard wall brackets, all set to impress future guests.

Mike Warren has also created a glow-in-the-dark table using similar techniques and cyprus wood. You can find a detailed, illustrated list of steps on Instructables, though this process requires some more specialized tools such as drum sanders and compressed air.