Introduction: $20 DIY Modern Concrete and 2x12 Wood Bench- Very Easy to Make
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• (1.5) 80lb bags of 5000 high strength concrete
• (2) metal Brackets http://amzn.to/2tXpBy9
• Screws http://amzn.to/2tXpBy9
• 5 gallon bucket
• 1/2" dowel
• Spar Urethane: http://amzn.to/2tXpBy9
• WD-40 Specialist Dirt & Dust Resistant Dry Lube Spray: http://amzn.to/2tXpBy9
• 2 x 12 x 8 Pine board
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Step 1: Spray Your Mold
Grab two five gallons buckets and spray one with a mold release. This will help the concrete not stick to the bucket when it dries. We used this WD-40 Product: WD-40 Specialist Dirt & Dust Resistant Dry Lube Spray: https://goo.gl/sBNQCf
Step 2: Mix & Pour Concrete
Mix concrete in the bucket without your mold release. Once your concrete is fully mixed, pour it into the second bucket with the mold release product.
Step 3: Adding an Attachment Block
We need a way to attach the bench to the concrete. Grab a scrap piece of 2x4 and place it into the wet concrete. We screwed a temporary longer piece on to keep the block from sinking.
Step 4: Remove the Bucket & Trace
Remove the bucket by twisting the bucket back and forth. This will take some time. Move the concrete block onto a piece of 2" x 12" x 48" lumber and trace the shape.
Step 5: Round the Board & Sand
We used a circular saw to make a series of cuts that formed the curve. A jig saw would work much better here. Sand everything with 120grit and 220grit sandpaper.
Step 6: Attaching Wood to Concrete
Use 2.5" screws to attach the 2 x 12 to the concrete. We used 1/2" oak dowels to plug these holes.
Step 7: Attaching the Leg
Use some metal angle brackets to attach a board to the opposite end of the 2 x 12. This board should be cut to the same height as the concrete block. We used these brackets: http://amzn.to/2tXpBy9
Step 8: Apply Your Finish
We chose this Spar Urethane which is great for outdoor use: http://amzn.to/2uvNf85
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