The wife has been wanting a new top for the back patio since we have 3 boys and the current top is a thin piece of glass. So a concrete and wood top sounded like the perfect plan that would be nearly indestructible.
1 bag concrete
wood for the boarder i used walnut ash and oak
pigment of your choice
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Step 1: Build the Form
I used kreg jig and screws to make a rectangle shaped to fit the existing base I had in the back yard
Step 2: Clamp the Form Down
You can never have to many clamps so put them to use the better you press this the easier the clean up will be.
Step 3: Mix the Concrete
I mixed mine in a wheelbarrow to a sloshy consistency
Step 4: Add the Concrete
fill the form about half way
Step 5: Add the Chicken Wire
this will reinforce the concrete making it stronger.
Step 6: Get the Bubbles Out
add the concrete until the form is full I used a hammer on the bottom and the smacked the top down to release the air bubbles.
Step 7: Flip It Over
After 24 hours i flipped it over and the melamine popped right off.
Step 8: Sanding
I started with 60 grit and went down to the 120 or 220 grit
Step 9: West System Epoxy Time
I truly love this stuff if it wasnt so expensive i would finish all my wood projects with this stuff
Step 10: Add Pigment and Have Fun
I tried some things out adding 2 different colors in a swirl pattern. I then sanded the project 1 last time and added a clear coat of epoxy to finish it off. Get some help this thing is heavy!! looks good on the back porch learned alot on this build and will definitely do one for the inside
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