Mar 25, 2014

Rugged, durable hypertufa for tables and more.

What the heck is hypertufa?  It's a mixture of cement, peat moss and perlite that makes a fabulous surface for an  outdoor table. It's as durable and strong as concrete, but weighs significantly less.  You don't need to seal it, ever, and the textured appearance is natural.  If you're handy with small tools, and have 2 days, you can make a base and tabletop.   Visit THIS OLD HOUSE for detailed measurements and directions.

TOOLS: Miter saw, jigsaw, drill/driver, utility knife, mixing tub & hoe, chip brush, hammer, nail gun

MATERIALS FOR A 30" x 20" x 20 3/4" TABLE: 1x4 scrap lumber for the form, 1x4 and 1x2 cedar for the table crosspieces, stretchers and legs, 1 1/4" deck screws, 2 bags of perlite, large bag of peat moss, 47 l b bag portland cement, an acrylic fortifier to add to the mix, 3/4" foam insulation, vaseline or cooking spray to coat the form, hardware cloth and plastic sheeting for protection and to cover your form, gorilla glue or other polyurethane glue, 1" brad nails and dust mask and gloves.