My order for two 80 pound bags of Quikcrete Countertop Mix is expected to arrive at the end of this month. In the meantime, I’m doing a bunch of work that probably isn’t necessary but it keeps me active in the shop.
I used Bondo to smooth out my corners. Today I’ll hope to get the forms done for the back splashes.
In the pictures, you can see the side view profile screed I created. I have a different one for the front view.
You may also notice the 1 1/4” dowel combined with a glued up MDF block cut to a 2 1/2” diameter. This will be used to create the faucet thru hole and counter sink to reduce the local thickness from 1 1/2” to 1” around the faucet nut. I ordered my faucet today. Once I receive it, I will finalize the hole location.
I work for an engineering company and was able to run some analysis on my design. I will create a separate post with pictures later but basically the results indicate that no reinforcement is needed. I don’t feel comfortable with that so I did add two tension bars. These are actually used for fences but they are galvanized and inexpensive. I cut notches in them to create mechanical connections to the concrete and suspended them in the form with wires. If I could, I would have purchased 9 gauge ladder but I only found large rolls of it for over $100.
I decided on my color / pattern. The primary color will be charcoal mixed in the first batch concrete. My secondary color will be natural or grey. Using a technique I learned from a lost video, I will create a marble look with the two colors. Then, I will stain the entire piece with copper giving it a blue – blue/green color.