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Wood & Concrete DIY: Storage with material mix


Today I would like to introduce you to a DIY project that I am looking for for the last issue of the Handmade culture magazine have come up with. Those DIY friends among you who regularly read the magazine have already discovered the project – for all the others there is once again the step-by-step instructions to make the small wood-concrete house itself.

That wood is one of my favorite materials, you have already noticed. Now another darling has arrived – concrete. Both materials could hardly be more different. Wood is a natural, organic material, while concrete is of mineral origin. Wood feels warm in the hand, because it can store the heat so well and its color radiates heat – concrete, however, looks very cool optically. Concrete is hard and rather brittle nature, wood is soft and rather elastic. All these contrasts are very exciting, they have always accompanied me through my architectural studies, because whether a house made of wood or concrete is built, is a huge contrast. Gray modernity versus warm naturalness.

That’s why I thought about this small storage in house form, because it conveys these opposites quite well visually and haptically. You can put them on the desk and store paper clips, etc. in them, use them in the hall as a permanent place for your keys, or whatever you need them for.

Here we go!

The beverage cartons are cut so that the larger (here a typical milk carton) is cube-shaped.

To keep the large box in shape during casting, the side walls are reinforced with poplar plywood.

Since the reinforcement is again easy to solve the form, it is only fixed with a little masking tape.

Brushing the inside of the larger carton and the outside of the smaller carton with cooking oil – it can be guaranteed that the solid concrete can be released from the molds again.

Now is poured. The concrete is prepared in a plastic bowl according to the package instructions. It should be noted that first the water and then the concrete in the bowl are given. In addition, the concrete has to be processed quickly, as it begins to solidify within a few minutes. Fill the larger cardboard about halfway with concrete.

Then the small carton is carefully inserted in the middle. To keep his position, pour some water into it to complain. With the spatula, the surface of the concrete is slightly smoothed.

After an hour, the concrete can be carefully detached from the mold. For this purpose, the poplar plywood is loosened and carefully cut with the cutter, the outer beverage carton. The inner carton can be easily removed by hand.

When wet, the concrete can be worked a bit more. If the edges are very uneven, they can now be leveled with a little sandpaper. For fine tuning, ie a smooth surface of the edges, the concrete should, however, be completely dried before it is sanded.

For the wooden roof, the gable side is first marked on the poplar plywood. Important: Must take the measurements of the finished concrete body, means to create ruler concrete lower part and then determine the final dimensions of the parts

So that the wooden part of the box gains a little more mass, the gable parts are doubled and glued together.

When the gable parts are finished, the side panels are tinkered. Here also double cut and glue.

The double parts are glued together.

Finally, the necessary dimensions for the sloping roof surfaces are measured, cut out only once and glued to the roof.

Almost finished! For a beautiful, flush finish, the protruding edges are first sanded with a coarser and then with very fine sandpaper.

Done! The concrete wood house is ready and waiting to be filled with little things and deposited on the desk or on the shelf!

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