Looking for a reasonably inexpensive shop countertop that’s tough as hell and pretty easy to clean? TM reader PeterP wrote in with his answer: Gather some buddies and build the tops out of concrete. Starting with a set of instructions from Instructables, Peter and friends put together a pretty decent-looking countertop for their Atlanta-area makerspace.
Check out their website for the details (and lots of photos), but they essentially started with a form made of melamine sheet screwed together with drywall screws. Adding some chicken wire and rebar for reinforcement, they poured it full of Quikrete’s countertop mix. They polished the resulting slab with a low-buck air polisher from Harbor Freight. Finally, they sealed it up with a “wet look” concrete sealer from the local big box.
Again, check their makerspace site for lots of additional details, including how they sealed up the form, what they’d do for better reinforcement next time, and lots of tips on how to save yourself hassle. But as far as we’re concerned, this looks like a success: very little money spent, good times had by all, and a nice countertop to boot.
Concrete Countertop [Freeside Atlanta]