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Project by geekwoodworker posted 06-25-2014 09:08 PM 1618 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this kitchen about 3 years ago. Made my own concrete countertops. I didn’t like the first set of countertops so the following summer I made all new ones.

It is made of oak with soft close hinges and drawer slides. All drawers are oak with dovetailed joints. I don’t like the old style lower cabinets with doors which always seem to lack space and make it difficult to get pots and pans.

The countertops are 1” thick and were made in 6 pieces. I used a self consolidating concrete with plasticisers from lowes. There is no steel in them but do have fiber mesh embedded in the backs of all the countertops. Made a huge mess in the shop.

-- Sean G, Barrie, Ontario





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stefang

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#1 posted 06-25-2014 09:27 PM

I’ve heard about concrete kitchen tops before, but this is the first time I’ve seen one. It looks very nice. They must weight a ton! Great work on the kitchen woodwork too. Oak looks wonderful in the kitchen (or anywhere else in my opinion).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-25-2014 11:27 PM

This is a great looking kitchen Sean. I bet your wife really likes the full extension drawer bases and the oak adds real class.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 02:55 AM

Looks great, I want to try a concrete top as well, how did you finish them? Did yo learn any dos or donts?

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 03:45 AM

Looks great. Where did you get that sink? Also curious about the learning curve on the concrete countertops.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 05:57 AM

Sean,

Your kitchen looks fabulous! I guess we’re all interested in your countertop.

A few years back on LJs, someone posted a blog on making a concrete sink, but I don’t ever remember seeing it finished. (I would have tried to look up a link but with this dial-up, it would take all night to find.)

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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lightweightladylefty

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#6 posted 06-26-2014 06:07 AM

Sean,

This might be the one I mentioned.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 12:16 PM

another idea for my house nice

-- Mcgyver

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#8 posted 06-26-2014 01:43 PM

nice job

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#9 posted 06-26-2014 03:16 PM

I’ve never heard of concrete counter tops. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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woodNfish

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#10 posted 06-26-2014 05:10 PM

If you like concrete counter tops, you should check out terrazzo counter tops. It is a concrete process with embedded glass, or stones, or sea shells, or a mix of those, or whatever you like.

-- woodNfish

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geekwoodworker

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#11 posted 06-26-2014 09:34 PM

Paul. I put a food safe concrete sealer on them from interstar.ca (cheng product). http://www.interstar.ca/Product
I found that it is best to stir one bag of concrete in a 5 gal bucket at a time using a small paint mixer chucked into a hand drill. Don’t use big paddle style mixer as it is too hard to hang onto the drill and doesn’t stir well.

I also used a quikrete concrete type of grout with 14,000 psi strength.

Benboy. I got the sink from Home depot online. Learning curve was huge. I read lots and was told I needed wire mesh in it and it needed to be at least 1 1/2” thick. The first set of tops were 1 1/2” thick and I put the wire mesh in and had shadow lines. So the second set were only 1” thick with only a fibre mesh and almost 2 years later no cracks.

Thanks to all for comenting.

-- Sean G, Barrie, Ontario

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#12 posted 06-26-2014 11:34 PM

Looks great. Love the cabinets. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#13 posted 06-27-2014 02:02 AM

thanks for the tips geek, eventually I’ll get on this!ha

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#14 posted 06-27-2014 09:11 AM

Great looking kitchen.
Fantastic worktops.
Really good finish on tops,
how did you polish them to get such a good finish ????
Well done, Cheers, Jinky (James).

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geekwoodworker

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#15 posted 06-27-2014 11:25 AM

Jinkyjock. I wet polished the concrete with diamand disks starting at 30 grit and going up 3000 grit. That put a nice shine on it. Then I sealed it as directed by cheng. After that I wet sanded it with micro mesh discs from lee valley starting at 1500 grit and finishing at 12000 grit. http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=62146&cat=1,42500

Then I sprayed a concrete polish from cheng (sold by interstar in canada) and buffed it with a wool buffing pad on my polisher at 3000 rpm.

Here is the site where I got the idea to build my own http://training.concreteexchange.com/c/Concrete_Countertops
I precast mine in the shop first.

I had to make about 20 linear feet of counter top and it cost me under $500. To put quartze was gonna cost me over $4000. So even though I did it twice I still saved money.

-- Sean G, Barrie, Ontario

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