Guy Spends 5 Years Collecting Bottle Caps, And Builds An Awesome Custom Bar Top

One man decided he’d save domestic, craft, and import bottle caps over the span of five years in order to create is very own custom bottle cap table.

He and his friends managed to save 2,530 bottle caps for this project.

Although the process caused a few design changes to take place along the way he mentioned on Imgur that, “The initial concept was to lay out an image comprised of bottle caps,” he said. “Then reality set in and we opted for the much easier gradient effect.”

The final selected sequence is called ROYGBIV (a sequence of hues, commonly described as making up a rainbow: rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet).

Although many restarts occurred, it only took four hours to complete and five layers of epoxy resin.

“Initially I was being pretty anal about cap alignment, color disbursement etc. In the end, we decided to introduce entropy and New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk, which I feel was the secret ingredient.”

He and his friends and family collected 2,530 caps over the course of 5 years to make it happen
The production started with sorting out the caps by hue: “Basically tried to bucket them into ROYGBIV,” he explained
“Two large pieces of quality 5/8″ plywood form the base. The rails are 1 1/2″ poplar and were notched with a table saw and hand routed”
“Painted matte black with several cans of Rustoleum. The finish does not have to be perfect since it will be covered in epoxy”
“[But] it needs to be as close to perfectly level as possible, otherwise, the epoxy resin will “pool” in low spots”
“The initial concept was to lay out an image comprised of bottle caps, then reality set in and we opted for the much easier gradient effect”
“This is <…> resin, which fills any available airspace. It was better to just pour the resin slowly making thin layers, not thick enough to cover the caps”
“It took ~5 layers to thoroughly cover the caps”
“Visually, we felt it would be more interesting dispersing various caps to add pops of color”
“Here you can see how we laid them out allowing the caps to “flow” into each other, rather than having hard color stops”
“I am so proud of this project. It is a real conversation piece and we did it together, true DIY”

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