Cement Topped Workbench

Cement Topped Workbench

Cement

Another workbench mod… this time with concrete!



My girlfriend and I decided to take your workbench and modify it some for our purposes. I thought you might be interested in seeing your handiwork being inspirational!

The first change was doing away with the top sheet over hang your design has. The second change was adding a second support beam for the shelf. We also added some cross beams to stabilize the top a bit more.

After we got the basic frame together we poured some self-leveling underlayment (concrete) on top for fun. Since we planned on getting this thing really wet with our aquarium adventures it sounded like a good idea. I don’t think we could put down enough sealant to keep the plywood from warping or rotting.

We then spray painted the frame Home Depot Orange and gray (to match the concrete). There’s pictures and such on my blog, here are the relevant links: Part 1 and Part 2.

13 thoughts on “Cement Topped Workbench

  1. Ysopex says:

    Coolest DIY geodesic dome — http://www.monkeyc.org/dome/

  2. dylonious says:

    really good dome building site:

    http://desertdomes.com/

  3. davelamorte says:

    You can do this same project with tightly rolled newspaper.

  4. JaneQPublic says:

    The instructions here leave something to be desired.

    While the layout of the individual members is covered thorougly, the details of attaching the screw eyes are glossed over, and in fact it takes some mental effort to decipher precisely what the writer means, especially since there are no diagrams of that. At first, I thought he meant that the screws should be put into the sides of the bamboo, at either end. A drawing of that would be helpful.

    Further, covering as shown seems pretty straightforward, except that the method shown leaves gaps. A desription of how to cover the structure without gaps would seem to be in order.

  5. JaneQPublic says:

    The instructions here leave something to be desired.

    While the layout of the individual members is covered thoroughly, the details of attaching the screw eyes are glossed over, and in fact it takes some mental effort to decipher precisely what the writer means, especially since there are no diagrams of that. At first, I thought he meant that the screws should be put into the sides of the bamboo, at either end. A drawing of that would be helpful.

    Further, covering as shown seems pretty straightforward, except that the method shown leaves gaps. A desription of how to cover the structure without gaps would seem to be in order.

  6. stinkypete says:

    NEAT

  7. stinkypete says:

    NEAT

  8. Rick says:

    Having built several domes up to 30 foot diameter I might suggest:

    1. Using bamboo a stronger structure but slightly more complex could be made by using a 3V construction – See Desert domes.

    2. The eye screw can come loose in bamboo as the size of the centre hole is very variable and hot glue does not stick to bamboo very well. Fill the centre hole with wood filler and put the eye screw in that.

    3. Replacing the tie wraps with nuts and bolts will give a more rigid connection but then you need to allow for the change in angles of the connection points.

    4. Covering – see through clear PVC – Food wrap Cling film or Saren wrap will last a year or so. Or for none-see through Tyvek

    Building domes is fun and a good group project.

  9. sk8sonh2o says:

    Can anyone point to an IGES model of a soccer ball or half-soccer ball dome?
    Thanks!

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