Introduction: Concrete and Wood Door Stop

During a recent trip to our local Ace Hardware, we discovered they had mini bags of Quikrete mortar mix. Well, we had to buy it, cause you know, “everything in mini form” is totally cute!

Now, what to do with our little mini bag? While in Target’s home accessory aisle, we happened upon a marble and wood decor piece which gave both of us the same idea- at the same time. A concrete and wood door stop!

Once home we found a beautiful scrap of wood that would become the base and on another Ace trip we found the perfect hardware to use as a handle.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Gather Materials

Materials

  • 10 pound bag of Quikrete mortar mix
  • Base Wood (we had this scrap piece)
  • U bolt
  • Lego bricks & melamine scrap
  • Mixing bowl & water
  • Vibrating tool (we used a sander)
  • Epoxy
  • Scrap of wood to keep the handle in place

Step 3: Make Mold With Lego Bricks

We started by building a concrete mold of Legos around the perimeter of the base wood. We laid the Legos out to determine the length, then removed the wood and finished building the mold.

Step 4: Mix Concrete

We used about half the bag of mortar and mixed in water in till it was about the consistency of cookie dough.

Step 5: Fill Mold

We leveled the top as best we could and then set the handle into place making sure to cover the metal bar.

We used a sandpaper free sander to vibrate the bubbles out.

Step 6: Remove Mold

The concrete was left to cure for 20 hours and then removed from the mold.

The Legos were a little hard to break apart so we used a pair of needle nose pliers to separate them.

Rough edges were smoothed with sandpaper.

Step 7: Seal and Wax (optional)

We let the concrete cure for 2 more weeks and then sealed the concrete. This is an optional step.

We cut the wood to the size of the concrete block, then sanded it and finished it with Danish oil to bring out the wood color and grain. I’m not sure what type of wood this is, but it’s a really pretty scrap we got from a fine woodworker.

Next we used a concrete countertop wax. This is not necessary but we have been wanting to try it out. We applied it with a microfiber sponge then buffed it with a polishing wheel on our dremel.

Step 8: Attach Together With Epoxy

This project is a great one to use what you have on hand. Any type concrete would work and you can showcase whatever wood you have as well as choosing a fun piece of metal hardware as a handle. Get creative!

The doorstop also makes a great weight to use in the garage. We end up using weights to help weight things down and to help hold building projects temporarily in place.

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Comments

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BrothrBob (author)2017-04-07

Yes, I'm gonna make this but I don't have Legos? What else can I use for the mold that the cement will come-off easy?

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You can make a mold out of melamine which is waterproof board that works great for concrete molds. We are actually making a concrete bench seat and using melamine as a mold right now.

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Questor (author)2017-04-06

You could make the Lego mold the same size as the wood block and leave them on. Maybe even put a design in the Legos.

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cool idea!

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Phildbasket (author)2017-04-06

yes a bacon press. Genious

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Jedi_zombie85 (author)2017-04-06

Brilliant and very classy look

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Thanks so much!

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Yonatan24 (author)2017-04-05

Won't it scratch the door?

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gilbequick (author)Yonatan242017-04-06

You could make the base 1/8 inch wider all the way around and you'd never worry about it . Or, you could make it about a half-inch wide and use a router around it to give it a decorative edge yet still flush with the concrete where it meets it.

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It's pretty smooth. I've been using it for about a week on my bedroom door and there are no scratches on the door.

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brookefox (author)2017-04-05

Nifty design, if useless for me. I'M LAZY.

Skip the wood bottom and use it for a bacon / chicken / frog's legs cooking press.

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Mikhandmaker. (author)2017-04-05

Very nice!

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Thank you!

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USMC-USAF-USN (author)2017-04-05

Great! A very innovative use of Lego (r) blocks!

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