Sunday, August 23, 2009

Finished: White Concrete Desk Project

The white concrete desk is completed and installed. The cobalt blue and green bottles with the white sand and cement really pops.
The hole for the computer cables was drilled after the desk was installed. I was concerned about the hole breaking during installation otherwise. Some minimal fitting was required to get everything to slide into place.
A completed, very cool, built-in desk.
Next Project: Illuminated bar top
The next project is going to be a bar/buffet top with crushed glass and fiber optic lighting.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Finishing the White Desk

The white concrete desk was placed two weeks ago. Form were stripped after 4 or so days. Initial grouting was done at 4 days and moist cured. Initial grinding 50 and 100 grit was done at 7-days. A second thinner grout was applied with a rubber trowel. The countertop was moist cured for another 7-days until polishing. At 14 days after placing the top was polished through 1500 grit. So the full polishing scheme went 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500. I skipped 3000 grit since the sealer doesn't really stick to it. Four coats of sealer went on today. The sealer will cure for another day (it is really hot and humid in the garage right now) and will get waxed before installation.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Desk Progress

The desk got one thick coat of slurry right after the forms were removed. Then the top was ground through 50 and 100 grit before applying a second much thinner coat. It will cure another week before beginning to polish. All of the glass stayed in placed and looks good.