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Concrete Table Top DIY

I decided to build a new table with a concrete table top and a live edge wooden base since we needed another outdoor table to enjoy our Moscow Mules on the weekends.

Concrete table top with wood base sitting in the garden with books and a Moscow Mule mug on the top

Concrete Table Top

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How to Build a Concrete Table Top 

The first thing I had to do was to determine how large of the tabletop I wanted. Then I could calculate how much countertop mix and other materials I needed. 

Concrete Table Top Materials

  • Quikrete Countertop mix
  • 1 1/4 PVC pipe
  • 3 inch L brackets
  • Screws
  • Bark recovered from a log in the firewood pile
  • Painters plastic
  • Hot glue
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Trowel
  • Water
  • Level
  • Angle grinder
  • Facebook Video

Directions for Concrete Tabletop

To build the frame, I used a sturdy platform with a smooth surface.

I needed to attach the frame and pour the tabletop on this platform, ensuring it was level.

Building the Table Top Form

I cut the PVC pipe to length, cutting the ends at 45-degree angles (approximately 20X37).

 Mate the mitered ends together and use hot glue to hold them while installing in L brackets on the corners with screws.

 

Harvested bark on the surface of the my frame on table

Harvested bark frame

 

I placed the frame on the surface and laid out the bark for the desired pattern.

 Next, I hot glued the bark to the surface. Finally, clean the surface of any unwanted debris.

Attaching the bark to the table top mold surface

Hot gluing the bark

 

Next, I covered the entire surface area, including the bark, with the painter’s plastic.

 Position PVC pipe frame and attach to the work surface with 2.5-inch screws.

 Filling the Frame (Mold) with Cement

Note: I mixed the countertop cement as directed on the package.

 Fill the frame halfway and pat the cement firmly in place.

 I overfilled the table top form with cement.

Then I used a board to screen the top flat and smooth.

 Next, I added metal reinforcements near the outside edge and center of the project.

 To remove air bubbles, I tapped the sides and vibrated the project.

I allowed the cement to rest for an hour or so then I used a trowel to smooth the surface.

Let the concrete cure for a few days before unmolding.

Removing the Concrete Mold

I removed the frame and then turned the table top. Then I removed the plastic and the bark.

Then cleaned up the edges with an angle grinder and filled in any imperfections with a thin countertop mix.

I sanded and polished the surface.

 

Wooden Base (Cement Table Top)

To build the table base, I used a fallen cedar tree. Then, I use the cedar tree log’s live edges to make the legs, cross brace, and metal angle iron.

Handmade cedar table base sitting the grass

Cedar table base

 

Handmade Concrete Table with man

Concrete Table

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See you soon, 

Kippi

 

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