My business partner at ZeroEnergy Design has an amazing roof deck and enjoys outdoor entertaining. This outdoor kitchen island was designed to be used as a food preparation station next to the grill. Because the island was planned as an outdoor piece, I used cedar lumber and stainless steel screws. The same design could be made using standard 2x4s and deck screws for a little less money. Even though the wood bottom looks quite intricate, it's actually quite easy to make. Only a few cross cuts are needed to create it. The assembly is done with stainless steel screws. I used grey Quikrete Commercial Grade Countertop Mix cast into a melamine form to make the top. It's as smooth and hard as stone but weighs about 200 lbs.

Step 1: Download the Wood + Concrete Kitchen Plan

Click here to download the Wood + Concrete Kitchen plan.

<p>how thin could you make a concrete countertop and not worry about it breaking?</p>
<p>Very nice! and while there are any number of things you 'could' have done to please the masses ;) </p><p>I think you did a great job with this and you deserve to be proud. I'm sure your partner is very happy with the result.</p>
<p>Nice, did you use any kind of sealant for the countertop? I know concrete is kind of porous, which isn't great for surfaces that food is prepared on.</p>
<p>last sentence in the project ... Quikrete Acrylic Concrete Cure &amp; Seal</p>
<p>some unsanded grout could be used to fill in any small voids.</p>
You could have stained and polished the concrete for a marble like finish... Looks great though!
<p>That's beautiful!</p>
<p>Very cool!</p>

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