Build a Concrete Pub Table - How To - Menards

Uploaded by Menards on 02.11.2012

Today we'll be building this pub table with a custom concrete countertop using prefinished
planking and concrete countertop mix. The concrete top is what sets this project
apart, and while it looks expensive, when you do it yourself, it's very affordable.
Stick around and we'll show you how to do it.
First we will build the table base. For a printable materials list and instruction guide,
follow the link in the description below. Build the table frame out of two by fours.
Our base will be forty inches high. When we add the two inch table top, it will be the
standard height of a bar at forty two inches. Wrap the frame with three quarter inch plywood.
Complete the base with prefinished wall planks and trim. To watch a video on how to install
the wall planks, click the link on the screen. The next step is to make a concrete tabletop.
We will make a mold from a single sheet of white melamine.
The melamine will prevent the concrete from sticking in the mold. Cut a piece at thirty
inches wide by sixty inches long to match the size of our table top.
Make sure the bottom of your mold is sitting level.
For a two inch thick top, we will cut the sides to two and three quarter inches tall
to allow for the thickness of the bottom board. Attach the sides with screws every six inches.
Adding a bead of caulk to the inside seams will prevent your tabletop from having razor
sharp edges. Before caulking use painter's tape to mask
around the seams to have perfectly clean edges. To give the concrete additional strength you
can suspend wire mesh in the mold. Attach the mesh with wire which we will clip off
later. It's a good idea to tape over your screw heads
to make removal easier later. Mix the concrete according to the manufacturer's
instructions. If you would like to add a liquid color to
the concrete, now is the time for that as well.
Now that the concrete is ready, we will pour it into the mold.
Now that the mold is filled, clip the wires. Then with a piece of scrap wood we will screed
the top of the concrete to level the surface. Work with a partner using a sawing motion.
Use a sander without the sanding pad to vibrate the mold. This will release air pockets in
the concrete. A magnesium float can be used to finish off
the surface of your concrete. Remember concrete needs to cure for atleast
twenty four hours. This slab has cured over the weekend, and we're ready to take off the
form. Set the slab on its side to remove the bottom.
Use a piece of foam to protect the edge. Before installing the top, we will seal the
concrete to prevent stains. Now that the sealer is dried, we've installed
the top on the base. All that is needed to hold it in place is a bead of adhesive.
Now you can apply caulk between the wall and the tabletop.
The last step is to buff the surface with a food safe wax.
Pull up a bar stool and invite your friends over because it's time to show off your new
custom built concrete pub table. To keep up to date on all of Menards' How
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