If it’s been said once, it’s been said a million times: There’s no limit on the possibilities with concrete.
Take, for instance, what can be done with a simple 4-by-4-foot, 1-inch-thick urethane mold. Combined with concrete and four legs, it could be used to make a plain Jane square table. Add a twist of imagination and a flexible cement composite and that same mold can be shaped — again and again with consistent results — into what its SureCrete creators call a warp table.
Part of SureCrete’s display at this year’s Decorative Concrete LIVE!, the warp table was made on-site with XS Precast, a high-strength concrete countertop mix available in gray or white. With its fibrous components, the mix can be used to create thin yet very durable pieces that don’t require reinforcement. And speed also positively figures into the formula. The table was poured at 3 in the afternoon and set out for display at 9 the next morning.
To make the table even more appealing, a fire insert was added. The design could have just as easily included a recessed beverage cooler or even a small fountain, says Chris Becker, vice president for marketing and brand management for Fenix, the company that makes and markets SureCrete products. It could also have been stained.
The basic technique used to “warp” the table is easy to repeat, he says. “You wait for the mix to harden to a point where it’s firm but pliable. You then elevate the four corners about 12 to 16 inches and brace them. For the remainder of the curing process, it holds that shape.”
When the table was demolded and cleaned, it was sealed with XS 327, a two-component urethane that’s thinned with water and applied in multiple coats. The first coat is a 7:1 water-to-sealer mix, followed by a second coat that’s 5:1 and then a final coat of a 2:1 ratio. Coats should be applied in a quick succession as the mixture dries quickly, Becker says.
The table was such a hit that SureCrete will be adding a craftsman-inspired line of tools to its catalogue. Becker says to expect the urethane mold to be available by May 1.