Budget Dinning Table - Dimensional Lumber and Concrete

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Project by Siegel_KenEvil posted 04-17-2011 05:19 PM 3776 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my third project involving concrete and I’m really enjoying finding new possibilities with this material. The cost for my 250 pound table was around $100. Because of the weight, I decided to pour it in place. The structure is made from 2 – 4×4’s and 2 – 2×4’s. The top is made from one cement board and 4 bags of 60 pound concrete. I had a little left over.

That’s the short story. Below is the long story explaining the ball and claw picture.

On of my previous projects made of 2×4’s received way too much attention. I gathered that people really like projects using dimensional lumber. Then, Tommy Mac had a show on how to carve a “ball and claw” leg. It wasn’t until I was at Lowe’s and saw some really nice douglas fur 4×4’s that I put the two together. I started carving my legs and was really happy with the results, especially considering my limited experience in carving and the type of wood I was using.

But then… I saw a table at Thomasville that was higher than a normal table but shorter than a bar table. Apparently it’s called a gathering table. I never liked the ball and claw style and was only doing it for bragging rights so I scrapped that project and went for the cleaner legs. Because I already have so much time invested in the previous idea, I might finish the carvings and make another table but it’ll be for someone else as a gift.

-- Scott

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 05:30 PM

Novel approach, Scott.

I was wondering what you are using to seal the concrete? You could end up eating a lot of concrete dust otherwise.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 05:45 PM

one cement board and 4 bags of 60 pound concrete. Wow, how thick is it?
How about that for a router table top, heehee

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 05:47 PM

Yeah, I haven’t sealed it yet but eventually I’ll use a penetrating sealer. It’s not as smooth as I would like so I’m going to have to buy a wet stone polisher. It could have been smoothed out during curing but I had to leave the house during those critical hours and missed the window.

On a previous project, I used a two part resin and that worked great but it feels like plastic.

It’s 1.5” thick over the cement board and 1 3/4” around the perimeter.

-- Scott

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 10:59 PM

I think the leg is the right look for the table. I’ve messed with concrete a couple of time and can appreciate what it takes to get the project out of the forms. Nice job.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 01:10 AM

Nice looking table.

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