Outdoor Bbq Bench Tops

Outdoor Bbq Bench Tops

Outdoor Bbq Bench Tops

Taylor, I recently completed concrete countertops, and dealt with the issue of the bug holes or “voids” caused from air bubbles. I actually liked the look of them, but obviously not ideal for a countertop surface where food and liquids can get trapped. I purchased some thick clear epoxy at Home Depot (the stuff they seal bar tops with, found near the wood stains) and filled the holes with that before sealing. The epoxy dried crystal clear so you can still see its a hole, but its flat and smooth allowing you to wipe it down….looks amazing!
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Outdoor Bbq Bench Tops

Hi Adam! Thanks for the kind words man, I appreciate it and am so glad it helped! 1) The 6 x 4 top is a pretty big piece, but definitely doable. I’ve done table tops this size at 1.5″ thick which have turned out awesome. The big thing you’ll want to do is give plenty of time to cure before flipping — and have plenty of help to evenly turn it. As for re-enforcement, the wire mesh i used would probably be fine, but I might beef it up a bit. I’ve used a slightly thicker hogwire fence before which is about 1/4 bars and they are much more firm than what I used. Whatever you decide to do, probably beef up the re-enforcement just a bit.
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Outdoor Bbq Bench Tops

I am getting ready to embark on a pretty large kitchen table top project, and I want to try the concrete. The size concerns me a bit at 78″ x 54″, and I was wondering if you have done any oversized table tops and/or have any tips for doing one. Because of the size, I was considering creating a plywood core to lighten it up and also possibly adding 1″ x 1″ angle steel in addition to the wire mesh for added strength. The concrete will ultimately sit on a set of old drafting table legs…I thought the concrete would really accent the antique industrial look of the legs. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Outdoor Bbq Bench Tops

Hi Adam! Thanks for the kind words man, I appreciate it and am so glad it helped! 1) The 6 x 4 top is a pretty big piece, but definitely doable. I’ve done table tops this size at 1.5″ thick which have turned out awesome. The big thing you’ll want to do is give plenty of time to cure before flipping — and have plenty of help to evenly turn it. As for re-enforcement, the wire mesh i used would probably be fine, but I might beef it up a bit. I’ve used a slightly thicker hogwire fence before which is about 1/4 bars and they are much more firm than what I used. Whatever you decide to do, probably beef up the re-enforcement just a bit. 2( For this project the cement matched pretty well since they both didn’t have any coloring integrated. When you color the concrete piece, you’ll also need to mix in a little coloring to the portland slurry mixture. I try and mix as close as possible but I don’t ever really measure anything. For bigger bug holes you can mix a little sand into the portland. It will help even things out a little more. Let me know if this makes sense, it’s a little hard to try and explain everything in writing:) Good luck and send pics when you get done. Cheers Adam! – DIY PETE
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Outdoor Bbq Bench Tops

Hi KJ, Thanks for your question! I lived in Lincoln, NE during college and am in Bozeman, Montana now. Both places have quite extreme temperature differences. The good news is, wherever you are, concrete will hold up great! It is super durable and made to last, even in these types of conditions. What I would recommend is using an outdoor oil based sealer for this project to extend the finishes life. The H&C concrete sealer available at Lowes or Sherwin Williams will do a great job and give it a nice durable finish. Let me know if you have any other questions! — but yes, a concrete table will do great outdoors. –I’ve made a number of them and they’ve held up for years — even after cold Montana winters and hot dry summers. Cheers – DIY PETE

Outdoor Bbq Bench Tops

Outdoor Bbq Bench Tops
Outdoor Bbq Bench Tops

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