I purchased an apartment some time ago, all the repairs are mostly finished. Because of some oversight, I am not in a lose-lose situation. In the bathroom, I do not have enough space for the sink that I want, because of the door placement - please read that the sink is about 5cm bigger than the available space, not allowing the door to open properly.
My alternatives are:
- break the wall to move the door, re-make repairs to the wall (including wall tiles);
- replace the door, to open on the other side;
- buy another sink, live with the regret that I do not have the sink that I want;
- create a sink "from scratch" with the proper dimensions, with the desired shape.
Now the question is: is the epoxy resin a proper material for that? Are there kinds of epoxy to be avoided?
I saw many videos on the net of people creating tables from epoxy (by poring it in "holes" in wood), or other smaller objects. What I need is a big(ger) object, which should have enough strength by itself, considering the intended use.
Are there any generic, good quality tutorials about how to use epoxy for my purpose? I am sure that the videos do not give all the "secrets" - e.g. the thickness of the epoxy layer needed for a certain strength.
Note: I am aware that some special shape under the sink will give more strength (by providing support), as well as embedding some metal "wires".
@Fixer1234 provided a very comprehensive comment, with excellent questions. I will go to answer them, to the best of my abilities.
Not a bunch of great choices.
I know, but that is pretty much it.
Can you add some detail on the sink and the space issue? Is the sink a vessel mounted on top of the counter, molded into a countertop on a vanity, a single-piece stand-alone sink mounted to the wall or on a pedestal (different considerations and potential solutions for each)?
This is (almost) exactly what I want:
Can you add a diagram of the bathroom showing the issue?
The diagram is below. I do not have measurements, and it will be a long time before I can make them. But the situation is properly described.
Are you envisioning casting a huge, solid resin item rather than resin coating a fiberglass form or a concrete casting?
Well, that is a topic I did not have in mind. Even using epoxy as a "raw material" is a new idea.
I have no idea what the "fiberglass form" stuff is, but I might be able to shape a support from polystyrene, and "dress" it with a layer of epoxy. Main question: will it be strong enough? It would be very easy to shape details separately, and then to put them together, adding epoxy to the "corners" to seal it.
Do you need the sink to be transparent?
No. Actually, I want to store stuff under the sink, so transparency should be avoided, I guess.
Are you envisioning just a uniform molded block of resin, or embedding decoration of some kind within it?
As I stated before, I might think about creating some parts, to be joined at the and, instead of creating a crazily shaped mold from the beginning.
Do you have some experience casting big resin items?
The only experience I have with epoxy until now is watching videos :)
What makes the sink you want unique (a particular shape/style/design that might be available in a size that would work vs. a one-of-a-kind work of art)?
Size (being 2-in-1, wide, with large storage space below) and the wavy pattern.
If there's any chance you can buy what you want in a size that will work, that will save you a lot of headaches over any of the alternatives.
I did not find the "same" thing in a proper size. As I said, I can opt for something totally different, which will fit in size, but I will be sad.
The YouTube videos make it look straightforward. But that's with a big investment in a shop and materials, and a lot of experience doing it before. The first sink those guys made wasn't like the video.
That is obvious, mastery takes practice, and material (and money) waste. I have limited experience with hand crafting smaller items (just hobby), and I know that things can get difficult quickly.
- all walls are made of steel-reinforced concrete;
- the relevant walls (the one behind the sink and the one with the door) are only 8cm thick;
- I am very aware that creating a sink from epoxy is not a trivial task; that is why I did not ask first: "can I transform ruined cured epoxy into fresh epoxy?";
- I only need to create one piece; no need to worry for any marketability;