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.
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Step 1: Watch the Video
Step 2: Gather 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)
- 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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