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Concrete Countertop

Homemade Concrete Countertop!
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  • BigWaderBigWader Posts: 572
    really nice... how did you form it to leave the hole for the egg/get all the air bubbles out?

     

    Large BGE

     

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  • BoombottyBoombotty Posts: 32
    Very nice.  What kind of finish do you use on top, and can it take hot racks/grates on it?
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  • SaltySamSaltySam Posts: 370

    Love the handle. 

    LBGE since June 2012

    Omaha, NE

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  • Drewdlc17Drewdlc17 Posts: 124
    There are several ways to form the circle. I used Azek. Azek is molding made from PVC and can be heated up with a special torch and flexed to form a circle.
    Most of the air bubbles can be removed with a concrete vibrator. You can also use a sander to vibrate the edges of the mold right after you pour the concrete.
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  • Drewdlc17Drewdlc17 Posts: 124
    Concrete is stained with an acid stain and finished with an high gloss epoxy finish. Although the epoxy is ridged stuff I'm not sure how well it would hold up to a direct hot grate.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,472
    Beautiful.  Seriously. 

    Is that epoxy rated for outdoor use?  I use epoxy for various outdoor projects, but I always put a final coat or two of spar to act as a sun screen.

    What kind of concrete did you use - the general purpose pre-mix?  Any dye in it?  And the brand of stain if you don't mind.
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  • Smokin_TroutSmokin_Trout Posts: 171

    That is very nice!

    You can't just post something that nice and not give more detail. Any chance you have a pic of the form? NEED MORE INFO!

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  • bccomstockbccomstock Posts: 332
    Very Nice!  We need full details of the process IMO.. I'd love to do something like that to replace my oily, greasy stained wooden table top.
    LBGE
    MS Gulf Coast - Proud member of the Who Dat Nation!
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,215
    Very very nice. As much as I want to go granite, I keep getting pulled to this when I finally build one.

    Concrete vibrator?

    I'll be back for that one after I get home and start boozing
    :D
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,472
    I poured a top for my turntable/stereo.   I used an air hammer as a concrete vibrator.  It really turned the concrete on.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • hapsterhapster Posts: 6,175
    Great looking table!
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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 4,348
    Concrete vibrator???

    I am about to put concrete countertops in mi casa
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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  • Drewdlc17Drewdlc17 Posts: 124
    This Epoxy is made for outdoor use. Some epoxy will turn yellow when exposed to the sun.

    Use Quikrete Concrete Countertop Mix. The product is designed for pre cast countertop. If you are pouring in place use Quikrete 5000.

    This is a picture of a mold I made my friend using laminated plywood and flexible landscape edging taped to resist sticking for the center.
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  • Did you apply the stain with a natural sponge?

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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 889
    That looks really cool nice work
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  • Drewdlc17Drewdlc17 Posts: 124
    You can apply the stain in a variety of ways to get different finishes. I used a foam brush for the first layer and then poured and splashed the stain on. It's like making an abstract painting.
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  • TurtleCreekTurtleCreek Posts: 140
    Nice shed handle ... looks like a unique one.  Any closer antler photo's?
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  • mikeb9550mikeb9550 Posts: 95
    Looks good. My first concrete project was last year when I did the counters for my outdoor kitchen. Tons of grinding and polishing. Way cheaper than granite. You can use regular concrete and add extra Portland and plasticizer. You will save a lot of money that way. I also like dry pigment for color.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,217
    Sherwin-Williams makes a water borne stain that performs like an acid etch...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • Drewdlc17Drewdlc17 Posts: 124
    You can play around with a standard concrete mix to make it preform a little better. However, the Quikrete Countertop Mix and Quikrete 5000 are already formulated to do so.
    I didn't touch my countertops with a polisher. If I did they would in fact look a little smoother.
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  • Drewdlc17Drewdlc17 Posts: 124
    TurtleCreek here is a closer pic. It's a Red Stag antler I found when Stag hunting.
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  • TurtleCreekTurtleCreek Posts: 140
    very cool!  thx
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