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Intro to Buddy Rhodes’ Press Technique for Concrete Countertops

Intro to Buddy Rhodes’ Press Technique for Concrete Countertops


hmm [Music] [Applause] [Music] for this project we’re going to be creating a tabletop using the Buddy Road signature press technique one of the benefits of using buddy roads product is it will work in a vertical application so we can create a two-and-a-half-inch return edge with an inch and a half top and we’ll create this edge by using two and a half inch melamine strips around the outside on top we’ll use an inch and 3/4 to give us that edge we’ve also created a screen the screed if you notice will float right across the top and push on this edge so therefore it’ll keep this outside edge flat allowing an inch and a half of concrete on the bottom plus an inch of concrete on the outside giving us our return edge we’ll be right back with you with some mix all right we’re back with concrete now if you notice the consistency for the press technique it’s a little bit drier than the mix that we used before but this works great for achieving a good vein pattern I found buddy around the corner so he’s here to give us a little hand and pressing this out first of all though we’re going to spray it down with form release form release will allow us once again to get a good release tomorrow whenever we pop this loose now if you notice but he’s putting down little balls of concrete I’m kind of lightly patting those down whenever he does that that creates a vein pattern that vein pattern would go throughout the entire top if two or more people are working on the same piece you’d want to go through a chunk of concrete like that ball that we utilized over on that side in this corner and the other person would be in the opposite corner once you go through that ball of concrete that you have you want to rotate position that will give a more consistent vein technique throughout the entire piece how much pressure are you putting down on those well I’m not too much pressure in order I still want the veining but I want it nice and crisp and I’m also doing it very randomly about a half inch to 3/4 thick my first pastry level thickness because this is a two and a half inch top by going to happen and shear still staying pretty thin but it’s given us a good base to work the rest of the piece is notice I’m really packing my edges giving that nice and tight next step is to mix up another batch system add just a little bit wetter will be adding fibers fibers to the mix for secondary reinforcement and that’s mostly because of these have returns that we have around our perimeter if I screen see how much room I have looking good well this seems good for our first layer so now we’re going to mix up a little bit more cement a little bit wetter consistency yeah we have a little bit of this left so we’ll put it back in the bucket add some water and some fibers and we’ll be back we’ll be right back with all right we’re back we took a little bit of the mix that we had in the bucket went back and mixed up a little bit more we added a little bit more water to it just to liven it up a little bit and buddy I’ll show you the consistency it’s a little bit wetter than it was before and fibers are just going to give it a little bit of extra strength on this coating you notice but it is just smoothing around a little bit on there just to give us a nice wet coat we’re just buttering the surface to fill in all these little marks in here and this is set a little bit and so it’s nice and firm that’s what you want to get or else you’ll push out those veins that you made earlier we’re going to wait until it sets up a little bit and we’ll come back with the screed and finish it off right now it’s just a little too wet to get a crisp edge making it nice and even that’s free and now I’m just going to take a filter out and fill in any holes or imperfections the top will only be as flat as your bottom so you want to make sure this is as flat as possible we’re all done we just have to put on straight the piece of plastic all over it and to keep the moisture in and it will cure overnight let’s see you back in the morning we’re back after letting this sit for about twelve hours and if you notice we’ve got some good condensation on our tarp here now there’s 12 hours later we can remove that and start to remove our mold we’ll pull it floors this [Applause] pace is a real fine baby powder like material if you notice it’s super fine and there isn’t any aggregate in it I like to use a drill with a little mixer on the end because the mixer then gives a nice even consistency we’re going for a yogurt type feel with this mix just put a little bit on get a nice little bead and pull it across if you notice just on this outside edge we’re grabbing that material the material inside the vein then will allow for our next color so you don’t want to pack it in too tight if you’re going with multiple colors another important thing to keep in mind is this bottom edge plays a part in the overall feature of this table even though you may not see it you want to still fill it and work it in because that will help the continuity of the whole piece to flow together plus it will also give you a crisper edge to do that I’m just going to put on a rubber glove and work it all the way around now that we’ve got the edge pretty much covered we’ve got some bigger boys like this one here and a couple around the edge so what we want to do is we’re going to take the paste and mix it up just a little bit thicker that thickness of the paste will allow us to pack it in there a little bit now we’re going to let this sit for about 30 minutes during that 30 minutes the acrylic additive will speed up the process on the dry time so therefore we can come back in 30 minutes and put another coat on and you can see now on the second coat how it’s really starting to fill in those veins we keep working this we’re going to have a smooth surface for that a couple minutes now that we’ve got the final coat on ash has done a real nice job in filling in the rest of the holes crisping up the edges going to let this sit take to the power station polish away and then you’ll see the finished product [Music] you [Music] you

Comments (9)

  1. I wish you could work out cheaper shipping or get into Home Depot. For me to order 5 bags and have them shipped to California it cost over $200 just in shipping. It cost more to ship than the material itself. Great product, but not smart financially for me to use.

  2. damn, possibilities are endless 😮

  3. How long does the slurry/bone paste sit for before polishing? Overnight? Couple hours? Few minutes? I ask this because I've tried this, but the concrete keeps getting stained.

  4. Great Video, Just subscribed! Thanks for helping out the young & old entrepreneurs!

  5. how is it ready to move after only 12 hours? I'm doing research on making my own counters for a kitchen and everything i see says to leave it for at least a week

  6. Do you use a filling mix with fibre? As sprayed GFRC?

  7. Does the craftsman mix comes with fibres in it? It’s a pity I didn’t catch with you when you were in Australia with Dominic. 🙂

  8. is it possible to hand pack forms made from MDF instead of Melamine? I am making a small sink/vanity and already have some laying around is all, and I'd prefer to use it rather than buying more stuff 🙂
    If I could, what should I use to seal it, and is there a recommended release agent?

  9. Wonderful technique perfected over the years.

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