There is nothing like the satisfaction you get when you build something from concrete.
It will last forever or longer than you. (unless you have a jack-hammer) When I’m
not making forms for my concrete galoshes, I’m making forms for everything that I
can think of.
Many forms that I make are made from pressure treated wood, so they will last for
years. If I want to make many concrete things of the same type, I use hinges.
This one is a favorite of mine as there are so many combinations of designs, only
limited by your imagination and tools if you need them. Basically, I use 2 x 2’s
to make little frames of different lengths, I calculate the volume of my formsand
determine what can be made from a bag of concrete, I will make the number of forms
necessary, to use an entire bag of concrete. I had designed one concreteform that
was 20 inches by 10 inches, and made 3 forms that would use up an 80# bag of concrete.
That's 5 feet of 10 inch tall by 1 1/2” edging for about $3.88. Some people will
not need such a tall stone and may make them 5” high, That's 10 foot of edging,for
a fraction of the cost . When you are filling the forms with concrete, put some
decorative stones or shells on the face, to mute that concrete gray color.
PAVERS OR STEP STONES
This one is a little more simple as more concrete will go into each one. It is recommended
to make each Paver 3.5” thick to hold up to whatever you throw at it. Decorative
stones or shells or actually anything can go into the surface. If you are planning
to put something organic, be warned that it will not stay intact indefinitely. Bottle
caps may rust and so on. Glass is not bad if you are careful about placement and
safety factors. Shapes can vary greatly with your tools and Ideas. Hexagon shapes
are quite popular, but require more work for the frames. Always remember to coat
the forms with some sort of release compound like vegetable oil to insure you can
use your forms over and over.
Sometimes, guests will park where they feel best or they just don’t care, I prefer
the triangular shaped stone as when it is painted white, it stands out and is formidable
looking, keeping your guests inline. The triangular concrete forms shall be made
of plywood in a pyramid shape and lots of lube to ensure you can keep making more
than one per form. With a circular saw and a drill motor, I was able to make a few
forms in no time. 3/4” plywood is sturdy enough for a parking stone as big as 60
pounds, I prefer to make mine about a 20 pound pyramid.
It makes me giggle when I think about this one, a small form , in the basic block
shape of your boulder, then you tack some aluminum or even steel window screening
around your form to give it some texture. I usually smear a thin coat on the inside
of the form to make it more stout, so when you put the finish coat on the outside,
the next day, It will withstand any artistic pressures you may place on it. It is
recommended that cement without gravel be used as the first inside coat. Concrete
can be used more freely on the outside of the mold. The larger your boulder is,
the more efficient it will be. A 150 pound boulder that looks like it weighs a couple
of tons, is a good ratio.
SMALL SLAB PROJECTS
Everyone would like to have a place that dirt or sand do not make the base of, I
mean a small concrete slab to put a trash can on, or a concrete slab to put your
outside water softener system or hot water heater on, the list goes on. I like to
put a little Re-Bar in my slabs, because you don’t know you may want to get a horse.
Rebar can consist of some old wire fencing to protect the edges. Forms will be
3 ½ inches thick, so 2 x 4’s will work well for your frames. A little ground leveling
and some staking of the form for support should be all you need before you pour.
A concrete delivery or a few bags worth will get you on your way.
There are so many Ideas with concrete, that you could swear there is nothing new
to do. You are probably right, but at least you can put your own spin on most projects
that are on the net.
Buying professional molds for tables and benches can be quite a profitable business,
especially if you have some style or expertise in design. Getting some ceramic tile
fragments or broken glass bottle fragments that have been tumbled to give that sea
glass effect and remove the sharp spots. I like to try to keep it simple, so I’m
not cutting tile all day. A good table can easily sell for $60 dollars and you could
not keep up with sales. It would cost you about $20 to $25 in concrete and $10 dollars
in pigment. You would have a good table for $60 that you made $25 on, not counting
the initial investment of $250 for the forms.
Now by just adding some tile or glass fragments in some sort of artistic pattern,
can increase the tables price by over $50
Some project designs will be coming in later months. Ideas, can never run out for
concrete uses, Some projects will be harder than others and some projects will bigger
tan others. Either way, we should have some fun learning some more uses for concrete
and cement and the forms and frames we will use to control them.
Decorative Concrete Block that CCL has
Decorative Concrete Forms forCGD
For those of you that are not familiar with working with concrete or don’t know any
things to make with concrete, I will have some instruction on making concrete galoshes.
A good starting project is a simple pair of cement shoes that you can make from
cardboard boxes. The only decorating will be some small stones, shells or bottle
caps that get pressed into the wet concrete to say it’s yours. When I say Decorative
concrete forms, I mean making forms from wood with hinges, so it can be used many
times. There can be decorative inserts to make them unique year to year. You can
be assured that I have many things to do with concrete coming up, my concrete projects
shall be amusing if not helpful or necessary. CCL knows much crazy stuff to do with
concrete and without concrete, new pages may form with other insights into other
of CCL’s hobbies or professions
Things to do with Concrete-Cement Forms-Concrete Forms-Concrete Projects
5 Things to Make From Concrete
CCL has Crazy Stuff to do with Concrete. If you have read anything about concrete galoshes, then you know CrazyCousinLance will not stop with some simple cement forms, but continues to push the envelope with custom
Decorative Concrete Block surrounding his veggies or flowers. There will be some
tutorials and some videos to help make the blocks of your dreams. Here is a photo
of a Stonehenge looking bench that was made up of some cut up house slab pieces.