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.
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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
- Bark recovered from a log in the firewood pile
- Painters plastic
- Hot glue
- Angle grinder
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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.
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.
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.
You might also enjoy more concrete projects:
How to Make Cement Candles with Quikrete.
See you soon,