I worked an internship at a machine shop and ever since then, I have been suffering withdrawal from the availability of precision measuring equipment especially the large granite surface plates we used for doing Quality Assurance checks on parts. I find myself sharpening with a variety of different methods including scary sharp (sandpaper on a flat surface). While I have both plate glass and 12”x12” granite tiles that work perfectly well for this purpose, without a dedicat...
.. August 2010 – A day to remember…..or maybe, to forget. ... About 14 years ago, I built this 12×12 tool shed off the back of my shop... .. Money was pretty tight back then so I made good use out of recycled siding and some old doors from a previous remodeling project. I wanted to pour a concrete slab but it just wasn’t in the budget. So instead, I built the floor out of treated 4×4s and 3/4 plywood sitting on concrete pads and gravel. This worked just fine for awhi...
Yesterday I ordered the concrete mix from Lowes. Tried to find plasticizer there but they didn’t know what I was talking about. I then whet to Home Depot and found some under the name “water reducer”. Neither Lowes or Home Depot had color charts for Quikcrete’s color additives so I have an e-mail into Quickcrete to try to get one. This link has a lot of information about reinforcing concrete but I’m having trouble finding the products in small quantities. ...
After two years of pondering, I finally started a concrete counter-top. This will be going in a master bathroom. I have the mold construction complete. Next step is to radius off the corners and fill the small voids using caulk and/or bondo. I’m ordering a new product from Lowes by Quikrete called “Countertop Mix”. (http://www.quikrete.com/productlines/CountertopMixPro.asp) I’ll need two 80lb bags costing about $11 each. I calculated the finished weight to be a...
If I didn’t pour today, it would be several days until I’d have time to do it, so I slammed a beer and started mixing concrete. This is what I started out with: The BuddyRhodes system is two bags of countertop concrete to one can of dye, so I mixed one bag into two five gallon buckets and poured about one quarter of the dye into each. On the first batch, I put water into the bucket first because it says it’ll keep the dust down. Don’t do it! It’ll star...
After finishing the parts with TransTint #6003 Reddish Brown and three coats of hand-rubbed poly, I was able to glue them up. It went reasonably well. This design doesn’t have a back panel, so it’s easy for it to get out of square. I glued one of the shelves in backwards, but learned my lesson on the second one. After cooking for a couple of hours, they went into the house to get out of the garage. It was now time for me to start working on the concrete tops. My brothe...
I’ve been working the graveyard shift all week (which has seriously impeded my woodworking habit), helping my defacto brother-in-law with his concrete polishing business. It’s pretty cool, especially if you start with the right concrete, dye, aggregate, etc. I was seriously thinking about making the tops for my night stands out of polished black concrete. It would look like granite, only I could do it myself (with his help). It would be water resistant, if sealed properly, so ...
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