Stephen Meyer just shared this absolutely stunning coffee table build. He took some of the ideas and techniques from my white concrete side table, and applied them to come up with a completely different, but arguably more beautiful, design of his own. Stephen used materials from Fishstone concrete. (They aren't a sponsor, but I recommend them because I've found their products very user friendly, and they have great customer service. More details on specific products can be found in the video description for my table.)
You would never guess it when looking at the gorgeous results, but this was Stephen's first time using GFRC. This goes to show that the weekend warrior shouldn't shy away from GFRC --
it takes your projects to a completely different level, and is totally doable with a bit of research and can-do-it-ness. This is easily a $1000+ coffee table, which Stephen created for less than $600, including all the tools needed for the project. He saved money, and set himself up to create more gorgeous designer-level pieces at a huge savings.
Here is what Stephen said about the build process:
I used a form and made 'fake' legs with the scrap wood and put that in the melamine form. Then I poured the concrete. I replace the scrap wood with the real legs after the pour, and added the bottom piece of wood in at the end. Thank god for GFRC so my pocket hole screws held fine in the concrete. I even looked up the sheer strength of the screws so I will be fine with the 5! I put on each side of the bottom piece of wood. I used the U-sealer from Fishstone. There videos and yours made my life so easy. I probably spent about $600 when its all said and done BUT the next build would be much less expensive because I have the tools, knowhow and all i need now is more concrete.
And lastly, more pics of the table and the build process.