Wooden Table Has a Rainbow River of Melted Crayons Flowing Through It

Crayon Inlaid Table by Chris Salomone

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Artisan Chris Salomone is an avid woodworker known for his popular videos showcasing his DIY projects. Using modern lines, his striking furniture designs have a clean finish that highlights the beauty of natural wood. But recently, Salomone had some colorful fun when he made an inlaid table. Inspired by trendy resin waterfall tables, he opted for a more common material accent—crayons.

The idea to use crayons came when Salomone saw some of the broken wax sticks sitting in his house. “I thought, ‘I wonder what would happen if I melted and inlaid these in some wood,’ ” he explained on YouTube. The test worked, and a couple of months later, he decided to scale up his plan. Salomone would create a table and use crayons in place of where you’d normally see resin.

The woodworker takes us through his process in a mesmerizing video. He begins by milling walnut wood and prepping it to glue it into a larger slab. He then divides one board into sections so that he could plan for where each of the “breakpoints” is going to be and where the crayon river will flow. Afterward, Salomone draws a waterway design onto the board with a Sharpie and uses a router tool to carve the river’s path.

Once the river is excavated, it’s time to melt the wax. Using a set of Crayola 96 crayons, Salomone selects his favorites and uses a heat gun to liquify them into the path. “There was a definite middle ground that I was going for,” he says. “I wanted the colors to blend a little but not too much. Kind of like a marbling where any two meet.” Once cool, he scrapes away the wax overflow and smooths the overall piece with a planer.

With the accent done, Salomone assembles the table by cutting the pieces with beveled edges to ensure that there is a continuous wood grain running from the top to the bottom. Doing this, however, generates heat and causes part of the wax river to melt. He tries to repair by adding more wax but ultimately decides to “live with the gap” that the melting caused. Then, it’s onto sanding and finishing. The result is a colorful table that allowed Salomone to experiment with a new idea.

Watch Salomone’s detailed explanation of his crayon inlaid table, below.

Artisan Chris Salomone created an inlaid table inspired by trendy epoxy resin river tables.

Crayon Inlaid Table by Chris Salomone

It started as an experiment to see how crayons would react if melted onto wood…

Crayon Inlaid Table by Chris Salomone

… and it transformed into an entire project.

Crayon Inlaid Table by Chris Salomone

Salomone first milled walnut wood and cut a path for the crayon river.

Crayon Inlaid Table by Chris Salomone

He then selected some of his favorite crayons and melted them into the waterway.

Crayon Inlaid Table by Chris Salomone

Afterward, Salomone scraped away the overflow wax, leveled the surface, and assembled the rest of the table.

Woodworking Project by Chris Salomone

Cutting the pieces of wood did, however, melt some of the crayons. Salomone tried to repair it but ultimately decided to leave it be.

Woodworking Project by Chris Salomone

Once everything was put together, he sanded and finished the furniture.

Crayon Inlaid Table by Chris Salomone

Woodworking Project by Chris Salomone

Crayon Inlaid Table by Chris Salomone

Watch Salomone’s entire process in the video below.

Chris Salomone: YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Chris Salomone. 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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