So, It's coming down to one of the final projects (for a while). My cabinets are all in and secure. There will be an island (U shaped around my oven, not shown) and a straight section on each side of the sink, it's a visible sink so I won't need to make the form around it.
I've been watched videos for a couple months now and could use some tips now that I'm moving forward. I'll be pouring the counter tops in place. Should I use wood, or cement board as the foundation for cement. As you can see, there is nothing there yet.
My second mystery is, do I use forms for the edge of the counter? Or do an angle cut on the wood or cement board? I am trying to figure out the best way to do the edge, so you cant visibly see the wood or cement board under the cement counter top. Hope that makes sense. Any tips would be awesome.
You need to start with wood - like 3/4" ply - for strength. Since the tops are thick, you can pour directly on top of the wood. If you are trying for a thinner pour (below 3/4") then add a 1/4" concrete backer board attached with thinset and screws.
You'll have to form out past the front edge to create a drop so that the concrete completely covers both the plywood and backer edges.
Cool, I've got some of the 3/4" plywood cut. The section for my island is roughly 8 feet by 3 feet. 2 cabinets and the oven in the center of those. The plywood will be cut in two sections, is it ok to have a seam? I'd fill it in before pouring cement. And the overhang I was thinking 6-8"?
I am thinking of just "stacking" the cement counter on top of the ply. I haven't found a good source for edge trim moulding, it's also out of my budget and for the price I'd rather go with a straight edge.
Do people ever cut the edge, maybe a 45 degree angle, then build a straight edge mould around that. So when the cement is poured the wood doesn't show?
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Helpful vids! Im getting close to pouring, excited.
So Im going with a basic ol' straight edge. In order to cover the the plywood should I bump out the moulding. (Using 2 pieces of moulding as shown). Or just use one piece, pour, remove, and is there a way to mix another small batch of cement to cover the visible wood?