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    Fine Cement-working - Cap Stones

    I mentioned in my G0453Z Planer thread that I had coerced a buddy to come by to help me move the beast off the pallet by luring him over to pick up some molds I had made for him.

    The molds are for cap stones for a low landscaping wall he has installed. They are about 12" x 24" x 2-1/2". I have to finish a corner version that will tie the 90* runs together. Made me a little money using the shop but not how I normally do . . . thinking outside the box

    He went home after helping me move the planer and poured the first two stones. These are his pics:
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    That's a pretty cool idea for how to do the edge profile.
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    another place to make a dollar and have fun doing it
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    I forgot to mention. These cap stones are commercially available. When he found out they were $68 each he asked if I could make the molds. He came out wayyyy ahead.
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    What a great idea, those look great!

    I'm curious... Did he have to use a release on the form? Any reinforcing bars or wire?
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    His wife actually makes stained-glass stepping stones so he left the physical construction to here. I believe she (at least) embeds a sheet of expanded metal into the stepping stones. She did something similar to the cap stones due to the length vs. thickness. She uses a generic petroleum jelly as a release.
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    Glenn....what was the formula he used for the concrete?.....I would be anxious to find out. I bet you saved him a TON of cash. Great edges on the mold.

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    That is really cool.
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    Very cool project Glenn and innovative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom DiCara View Post
    Glenn....what was the formula he used for the concrete?
    Sorry, I have no idea. She has been making these things for about a decade. My parents have one from 'way back when' that is still going strong. The mix she uses (usually a 1/3 sack mixer at a time) flows into the tiny detail work around her glasswork. I assume this is what made the edges look so crisp on the cap stones. The credit goes to her.
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