How to Make a Concrete Table
When you consider the materials for creating furniture, concrete is probably the last thing you would think of. However, before you can overlook concrete furniture as a bizarre idea, you will be surprised to hear that they are actually functional and elegant. Here is a step-by-step approach for DIY enthusiasts on how to build a concrete table.
Tools and supplies:
- Orbital sander
- Circular saw
- Small shovel
- Concrete trowel
- Bolt cutters
- Chisel or flathead screwdriver
- Sanding Block featuring 100 grit sandpaper
- Bags of concrete
- A bag of Cement
- Melamine wood
- 100% Silicone Caulk
- Wire mesh
- Rubber gloves
- Empty Tub
1. Decide on the size of the table you want. For example, you may want a table that is 40 centimetres wide, 130 centimetres and 5 centimetres thick.
2. Based on your desired table measurements above, cut the bottom piece of the mold out of the melamine board by means of a circular saw.
3. Cut the sides of the mold from the melamine board. Attach the side boards to the bottom piece using screws to form a complete mold. Once lumped together, the mold structure will be such that concrete can be emptied in.
4. Apply the 100% silicone caulk to calk the rumples in the mold. Allow it to cure for a few hours.
5. Using a bolt cutter, cut the wire mesh reinforcement. For example, if your table is 40 centimetres wide and 130 centimetres long, cut the wire mesh to about 35 centimetres wide and 125 centimetres long. This leaves about one or two inches of space on each side of the mold.
6. Next, mix concrete plus water inside the empty tub. It is recommended that you put on a dust mask to prevent exposure to dust particles. Use the small shovel to stir up the concrete mix to achieve a peanut butter consistency.
7. Pack the prepared concrete mixture into the mold after putting on your rubber gloves.
8. Upon reaching halfway, incorporate the wire mesh reinforcement in place and then finish filling the rest of the mold using concrete.
9. Use a trowel to level out the concrete. The section you trowel will act as the base of the concrete table, therefore it has to be as flat as possible.
10. Allow the concrete to cure inside the mold for three to four days.
11. Next, carefully detach the side boards attached on the mold structure in order to remove the concrete.
12. Flip the concrete so that the concrete is facing downwards while the mold structure is facing upwards. Remove the mold structure to allow the concrete to fully dry.
13. Next, sand the concrete on the sides and corners using an orbital sander. Any bug holes or rough edges should be filled and smoothed with cement paste.
14. Using a clean rag, apply a sealer to the concrete table and allow it to dry. Although optional, you can also wax the concrete to give an extra shine.
15. Finally, set your finished concrete piece onto your preferred base to form a perfect concrete table.
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