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I put a small 1/8" flat piece of steel under the edge to shim the counter, creating a slight slope for water. A thick bead of silicone caulk around the edge, and set the counter in place (very heavy).

Still have to put a sealant on the concrete. I thought I'd wait a little longer, to be sure it is fully cured.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:32 PM
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We also continued a little more stone work on the sides and front.
The nights are starting to get cool quick. I hope we beat the weather.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:39 PM
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Mike,
How long did you wait before the grinding ?
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:14 PM
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David,

I followed recommendations from the book "Concrete Countertops" by Fu-Tung Cheng.
I did the initial grinding, starting at 50 grit down to 400 grit the day I pulled the forms, which was 4 days after the pour. I waited until day 10 to do the polishing with finer grit pads.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:20 PM
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Hi Mike,
The countertop looks really good! What type of grinder/sander did you use?

I just make plain old concrete surfaces, for the most part. Pretty rough, usually. Grinding a countertop ( even a small one) is a LOT of work!

Just put in the slab for a storage space to the right of my oven today. I am starting to feel the 'age'. (5) 80# concrete. Ugh.

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Old 09-27-2009, 08:27 PM
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hey mike.,,,
Very impressive

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Old 09-28-2009, 04:23 AM
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This is the grinder/polisher I used. It's designed just for this, with a water intake. The discs are a hook and loop system that exchange easily. It took a fair amount of time. The edges were more difficult. When I thought I was done, my wife wanted the bottom side of the cantilevered portion done as well. I could have kept going to get a real mirror like finish, but I wanted it to look like concrete still.

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Old 09-28-2009, 05:13 AM
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Great job Mike!

I used concrete on mine as well but did a pour in place with multiple color batches in an attempt to simulate old multicolored weathered stone.... I'm not pleased with the results. I ground down too much trying to expose the different color mortars but while doing that I exposed the larger aggregates in some spots.. It looks like it has white pokadots on it.... Doesn't give you that 'Ahhhrrrrrr' feeling, ya know?

As always Mike great job.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:17 AM
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Looks Great Mike!
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How's it going Mike? Are you going to get that roof on before the snow flies?
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