|Plywood & Lumber|
|(20) 2.5" Deck Screws|
|(24) 1.5" Masonry Screws|
|3/8" Masonry Bit|
|(2) Bags Quick Set Concrete|
Maker | Semi Exact Team Member
I love using recycled/upcycled material to build beautiful furniture fit for any modern home. Officially, I’m a Semi Exact employee, but tinkering and DIY has been a hobby since childhood. Added dream job bonus: pursuing my love of interior design.
I hope to learn from the many skilled makers out there, and to turn my builds up a notch!
We love the look of cement paired with our raw steel! We decided to build some all-purpose cement nesting tables, designed for indoor and outdoor use (note, for pure outdoor use, we recommend our powder-coated selection to prevent premature oxidation).
We had some decisions to make with the cement. One thought was to create a super polished table, with perfect edging and a sealed top. We decided instead to go for a rustic finish, using post concrete (with pebbles), and leaving it unfinished.
Bonus here is that this dramatically reduces the difficulty of this build, and also the time involved.
A few things to consider:
Reinforcement. The tables we built were small, so we decided to not use any internal reinforcement. If you want to create a larger table, or a tabletop that will bear weight, you’ll want to reinforce the concrete. To do so, pour a small first layer of concrete into your form, place rebar or wire mesh, and finish pouring the concrete.
Patience. Be patient while waiting for your concrete to dry. While the bag of our concrete said it would be set within a few hours, we waited overnight to make sure we had as solid of a surface as possible before we took it out of the forms.
Finish your concrete. Surfaces used every day or outdoors should see some sort of treatment. If you want a smooth finish, fill in the holes with concrete filler, and sand to your desired level of smoothness. A concrete sealer coated on top will protect your slab for years to come.