How to make a Concrete Log Holder to hold and dry your firewood next to the fireplace. This concrete and wood design is very clean, minimal, and modern. The whole project does not take very long and can be done on a small budget.
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Cut the Wood
We'll start this project by marking and making cuts on the melamine sheet for the concrete form. The melamine form has two parts, an outer box and an inner box that we’ll refer to throughout these plans. Refer to the cut list in the free, downloadable plans for all of the parts, I’d recommend marking and cutting with a circular saw or table saw.
Assemble the Outer Box
We’ll assemble the melamine boxes with screws, being sure to pre-drill pilot holes for the screws to go into. Line up the outer box pieces and start pre-drilling and screwing it together. Make sure that everything is level and flush with the form.
Assemble the Inner Box
The inner box will be screwed together with pocket holes done on a Kreg Jig. Refer to the video for further direction on screwing together and assembling the inner box. Set your Kreg Jig and Bit to the ¾” setting and the box will go together with 1 ¼” Kreg Screws. Again, make sure that everything is level and flush.
Connect the Boxes Together
Once you have built both the inner and outer boxes out of melamine, we’ll need to screw them together to make the melamine form ready for concrete! Now would be a good time to spray everything down with 100% alcohol and give it a good clean, before pouring the cement in.
Mix the Cement and Pour into Form
Once your form is completely built and screwed together, we’ll mix up the cement that will be poured into the melamine form. I did use Quikrete’s Countertop Mix for this project, yet it could be done with very similar results and major cost savings using Quikrete’s 5000 Mix.
Pack the Cement into the Form & Reinforce
We want to be sure that the cement mixture fills any and all voids in the form, so pack it into the form with a piece of scrap wood or something similar. Once it's been packed in and vibrated then we can add bars of rebar. Scrape, level, and trowel the top and make sure the form is completely filled with the cement mixture.
Let Concrete Cure, Then Remove the Form
Let the cement mixture harden and cure into concrete for the recommend time given by the manufacturer of the product. Once it has completely cured, we can remove the melamine form. Unscrew everything and carefully pull the parts off. Now we’ll move onto some light woodworking for the removable bench top / shelf.
Cut and Assemble the Wood Top
Now we’re ready to make the wood bench top / shelf for the top of the concrete log holder. Refer to the cut list in the free, downloadable plans for the dimensions and cuts for this shelf. Cut your pieces to size and then prepare for assembly.
Sand and Finish the Concrete
Now we’ll want to sand the whole concrete shape down, easing the edges, smoothing all surfaces, and preparing it for the finishing sealer.
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