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So I finally built my portable home bar but I would like to have a bottle cap bar top with epoxy coating. However, I do not want to add wooden edges to contain the epoxy when I pour it over the bottle caps because of the wooden molding design that is already present. So what would be the most effective way to contain the epoxy when pouring? If any members have bar-building experience either at home or for commercial "alcohol-serving" establishments, thoughts and comments would be greatly appreciated.

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I have built a few and I used casting resin. i got it from a fiberglass boat builder. it set up very fast but is self leveling. we let it drip off the sides and cleaned up the edges after it cured with a router and 440 and 1600 paper. I have encased fishing lures, German coasters etc. it cures hard as stone and very transparent. It has to be poured monolithic and quickly. We use plastic non stick auto body tools to move it around. The results are incredible. Like a 1/4 inch of glass.

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How much did the casting resin cost? –  ridecontrol53 Mar 26 at 17:47
Seems I remember it was around $90 a gal. I got it threw a relative at Sabre Yachts at a discount. –  shirlock homes Mar 26 at 18:39
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You should try using electrical tape. I have successfully used electrical tape a multitude of times as a "cusp" around glass capillary tubing. The tape peels off easily after the epoxy has set

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I have not actually done this sort of top - I grew out of love with the idea before I got around to making one. I have seen descriptions of building a temporary edge with wide masking tape. You might want to reinforce that with a band clamp.

Of course, the little metal bottle caps are supposed to be nailed upside down on the floor, to give you the sensation of walking on little metal bottle caps nailed upside down to the floor. Don't forget the coracle painted in stripes of Telephone Black and White White to serve as a guitar tidy for parties. (Flanders and Swann, who are terribly House and Garden at #7B - of course.)

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