$20 DIY Modern Concrete and 2x12 Wood Bench- Very Easy to Make

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Introduction: $20 DIY Modern Concrete and 2x12 Wood Bench- Very Easy to Make

Home Improvement Contest 2017

Third Prize in the
Home Improvement Contest 2017

----Materials Used----

• (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

------Our favorite tools!------

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Nail gun: http://amzn.to/2q8jmHo

Jig Saw: http://amzn.to/2q8jmHo

Track saw: http://amzn.to/2q8jmHo

Drill and driver: http://amzn.to/2q8jmHo

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DeWalt Sander: http://amzn.to/2q8jmHo

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

YOUR DONE!

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Hi guys, great looking project! I saw you were in the finals of the Home Improvement contest aswell. Good luck!

Nice design. So much more than jusr a wood bench , or wood on two concrete posts. And simple to make!

the simpler the better. great job!!! plan to make one soon!

This is brilliant and beautiful. Excellent instructions.

Gorgeous and great for a tight budget!

simple and nice! Beautiful bench