My husband and I built a DIY zinc top table-applying the zinc and it is gorgeous. This post will cover applying the zinc to the table. There is a post on the final table, and there is also a post on how we built the table base.
DIY Zinc Top Table-Applying the Zinc
We built the table base first. We wanted a large table so the table is 45 inches wide and 8 feet long.
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I want a farmhouse table with a zinc top like I see in high-end stores. We went to the internet to search for zinc or to find something similar that we could use. Many countertops in restaurants are zinc or stainless steel. I do not want to use stainless because I want the table to be matte finish, not a shiny finish, and I also want a little texture in the tabletop.
We found the zinc at RotoMetals online. We called the company and told them our idea and they were extremely helpful explaining the product and how to apply the product. We ordered a roll of zinc, the flux, solder and adhesive from rotometals.com.
The zinc weighs 50 pounds and FedEx delivered it within a few days. Getting up the nerve to start this part of the project was so hard for us. Yes, we were scared.
We laid the zinc on top of the table and cut the excess zinc off with a pair of tin snips.
We cut a small slit in all four corners and started bending the zinc and rolling it under the table.
We purchased the highest gauge zinc because we wanted the zinc to be durable but I feel like this made the zinc harder to bend. Let’s just say that we got a great arm and shoulder workout because we really had to use our strength to bend it. We did have to use a rubber mallet. I was afraid that it would cause dents in the zinc but it did not. It didn’t take us too long and we had the job done.
Clamp down all the sides and leave it clamped overnight.
As you can see, when we removed the clamps the zinc remained bent which made it easy to pop back onto the table.
Apply the sealant well and use a trowel to spread the sealant over the entire table.
This is very important! You want great coverage so that the zinc will completely adhere so apply it to the zinc itself as well as the tabletop.
So we threw everything in our garage on top of the table so that the zinc would stick to the tabletop. We did have a small bubble in the center of the table that did not stick but we held a heat gun to it until the area became really hot and the adhesive stuck to the zinc and it worked.
Truth here! We had no idea how to solder. We watched a few YouTube videos and gave it a shot.
It looked pretty rough but after we filed it down and sanded it, it looked fine.
We use an orbital sander to sand the entire table, and it left a beautiful texture and finish to the tabletop. Apply the sealer from Rotometals.
This table was so much fun to build and we are so proud to show it off. We have been bitten by the furniture building bug and can’t wait for our next build.
Check out How We Built the Table Base