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Old 01-30-2012, 07:01 PM   #61
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Here's the pics! Started with the base


Mold made out of 3/4 inch melamine and 3 layers of 1/4 inch masonite for the curves


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Old 01-30-2012, 07:12 PM   #62
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Two layers of 3/4 inch plywood cut to shape lined with 3 layers of 1/4 masonite


Sides of form are 3/4 inch masonite over the 3/8 plywood base, the base will stay permanently, the masonite underneath will be removed so no wood will show.

Rebar and wire mesh for extra strength on the 12" overhang

Time to add some concrete! Mash it into all corners and crevices with your hands


Looks pretty dry!

Add some nicely colored aggregate into the surface and hope they show up when polishing!

Doesn't look so dry anymore does it!

Cover and let it cure slowly!
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #63
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Nice!

Well done sir!
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:19 AM   #64
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Well done sir!
Thanks Doug, look forward to riding with you again!
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:59 AM   #65
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I have plans for concrete counter tops in my own house, and have seen reference made to the Quickrete countertop mix.

Was sent an article on www.familyhandyman.com that descrive using Quickrete Precision Grout or Sakcrete Construction Grout instead.

Anyone else heard of or tried this?
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:18 AM   #66
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this is awesome, and completely relevant to my interests :) IN for finished product.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:27 AM   #67
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That's a lot of reinforcing.

How did you vibrate it to get rid of air pockets?
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:17 PM   #68
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Heydave I felt better to over do the reinforcing than be sorry. Mike, I used quickcrete 5000
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:26 PM   #69
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Dave, local rental store. 85 bucks for a six bag mixer and concrete vibrator for 24 hours
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Can't wait to see the finished product. You may have planted a seed, my kitchen could use new countertops.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:48 PM   #71
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How did you vibrate it to get rid of air pockets?
I use a sawzall with the blade removed around the exterior of the forms.
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:47 PM   #73
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from the pics, it looked as if the rebar/grid is close to the top surface(if not actually laying on it) what measures did you use to keep it off?--i couldn't see any provisions, althought i do miss stuff and hope i'm wrong! other wise it looks like you (and work mates) did a beautiful job
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:51 AM   #74
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It's two inches thick, all of the rebar and wire are at least one inch from the surface, hold down with screws into the underlayment.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:55 AM   #75
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thank you..i had assumed(wrongly) that you were casting upside down.
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