Polished Concrete Fire Pit Table

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About: I work as a renderer in the day but my brain only starts working at night when I get in the shed

I thought I'd do a quick instructable of my latest creation, im not going to go into major details as there's loads of polishing concrete instructables to read out there but here it is.

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Step 1: Make the Mould

I made my mould out of old bits of wood i had laying around, i also counter sunk some dents in it and placed marbles on it, I also put crushed slate, big rocks off the beach, sea shells and other bits of glass and stuff on it which make the finish poduct better in my opinion, the four pieces of wood are bits of Oak

Step 2: Pour Your Concrete, Leave a Week Then Get Polishing

In my mix I used Ballast ,Yellow Building sand, Plastering sand, White Cement, glass fibre strands, Nylon mesh and inserts of insulation board to make it lighter

Step 3: Polished!

You can see the detail close up but it really is a lot better to see in the flesh

Step 4: Spray Firepit, Seal Conctrete, Varnish the Oak

Not quite in that order as you can see from the pics, my firepit was old so I rubbed it down and sprayed it

Step 5: Make a Base

Although my base is not quite finished yet it works which is the main thing, same again just out of bits of wood I had laying around

Step 6: Enjoy

It really keeps us all warm when its dark and its quality for toasting marsh mellows 
Thanks for looking

P.S I will update when the base and table edges are finished.

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    EdithB2

    3 years ago on Introduction

    What did you use to mold the diameter? We're looking into doing a round one for our firepit as well. About a 36" inside diameter and about 50" outside diameter.

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    skiedra

    3 years ago

    absolutely amazing and well documented!!

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    hughesw2

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Love the project. How much did it all cost start to finish?

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    capricorn

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I do like that a lot, tell me, what is the metal bowl in which you are burning your wood?

    Is is a simple bowl (like the one you find at IKEA) or has it to be somehow special?

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    Thanks, it's just a normal fire pit, I think I bought it from B&Q or something for about £50, I sprayed it with fire resistant paint though, thanks again

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    PS118

    6 years ago on Step 2

    What tools and abrasives and stuff do you need to polish concrete?

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    abitdifferentPS118

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I used a wet polisher, give it a quick google there's loads of info, there are other ways of polishing concrete which may be more suitable to you

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    blkhawk

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Great project! A fire pit is a great way to gather with friends and family.

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    Although the flames do look very high It was just abit of wood thrown on for photo's sake but I usually only burn charcoal which looks crap on a photo but does keep us nice and toastie, also the top of the gazebo had been removed and it was wet so the chance of it catching fire was slim, thanks for your concern though and thanks for your interest