My kids and I had long wanted to play around with concrete and when we moved into our new house, I thought it was time for a concrete coffee table. I have to admit, when I made the table I didn’t have making an Instructable in mind, so my photos of making the base leave a little to the imagination. My apologies. Fortunately, the concrete top is pretty well documented.

Step 1: Building the table base

I decided to make the frame out of a cedar 2 x 4 and an armload of hardwood scraps, mostly to justify having moved them from the old house. First, I cut the cedar down to 1 x 2 strips. Then I cut the legs 18”, the cross-pieces 46”, and the side pieces 14”. I set my kids to work hand sanding these while I cut the hardwood slats for the storage deck. I had a mixture of pecan, oak, cherry, and black walnut scraps, so I cut 23 of them 1” square and added them to my kids sanding pile.

<p>Wow. That is BEAUTIFUL. I have seen this type of work done in eco remodeling stores. Now I think I could try it!</p>
<p>An orbital sander with no sandpaper works well to dislodge air bubbles</p>
<p>Beautiful table - great job!</p>
<p>All in all, I think it looks pretty sweet!</p>
<p>Congratulations on being a finalist in the Concrete and <br>casting contest! Best of luck to you!</p>
<p>That's beautiful!</p>
<p>Great job! Nice placement of the accent pieces! All three of you should be very proud!</p>
<p>Wow. Great work and double points for involving the kids. </p>
<p>It was a lot of fun!</p>
<p>First thing I had to do was to vote for this project! This table is absolutely gorgeous - great job!</p>
<p>I'm glad you like it!</p>
<p>That is a great project, especially involving your kids.</p><p>However, I am concerned about cracking over time. The railing supporting the concrete may not be strong enough to support the load for long, and the thin concrete adds no strength to the span. Making the rails about twice as deep and wide should do the job.</p>
<p>This is really nice! The glass aggregate and the inlays look great. I like the bowed edges and the way you built it to fit onto the table base. Enter it in the Concrete and Casting Contest if you haven't already!</p>
<p>Thanks for the feedback! I had the same idea! ;)</p>
It's very honorable to receive a compliment from Cheng Concrete. Mr. Cheng is a guru in decorative concrete countertops and his teachings and advice is most respectable. For one with an idea and imagination, your project turned out excellent. Enter the contest and good luck!
<p>I feel very honored indeed. Thanks you!</p>
<p>Very nice. I love the inlays.</p>
<p>Thank you. I like your pebble concrete, too!</p>
This is awesome! Can't wait to try it with some of my own wood scraps and mementos!
<p>Yes, i really have no shortage of momentos to put in concrete, either. :)</p>
Absolutely gorgeous! I think I may start planning something like this for our backyard...
<p>Thanks! Good luck!</p>
<p>Wow, this is gorgeous! I love the agate and projector lenses embedded in it!</p>
<p>Thanks! I've expanded on the lens idea by cutting up old lenses from inside rear projection TVs and imbedding slices of them.</p>
<p>fabulous looking, very cosmic feel ... your lucky daughters to have you role modeling creativity along with assorted tools. I don't quite get how you got the plexiglass off so easily, is it because of the wax? I have worked with concrete and very tenacious. Do you remember what brand cement? I have used quickset and had big aggregate in there and made lots of lumps in the stepping stones so had to use my own formula with sand aggregate for refined look. But I didn't polish mine nor did they have the stone like beauty yours do. Can you elaborate on the S shape process? I have a ton of crockery and would love to do a mosaic but was trying to figure out how to make the mold and could not. A little daunting what else can you use instead of panelling? I have no way of getting panelling stips ripped.</p>
<p>Very nice!</p>
<p>awesome dude...i could make about 50 of these with all the agate and other rock slabs i have! i could use cut gems instead of glass. it would be one expensive but awesome table!!</p>
<p>Awsome table top! </p><p>Did you use just the regular quickset concrete you can get at Home Depot? Where do you get marble dust from?</p>
<p>This summer we are converting our unused basement into my garden workshop, using our old kitchen cabinets. I've been looking for ideas for the workbench top surface and I think I just found it, especially since I was thinking about using concrete. I can't wait to try this! Beautiful, functional and fun! </p>
<p>Sounds like the perfect place to try this out. Have fun!</p>
Loves it! How easy would it be to manufacture kitchen work surfaces in this way?
<p>Not hard at all, especially if you are thinking of an island. Pouring countertops in place is a bit more complicated. Good luck!</p>

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