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Watch 15 how-to concrete videos about building concrete countertops. Award-winning designer and renowned trainer, Fu-Tung Cheng explains and demonstrates countertop making materials, tools, and techniques.Fu-Tung Cheng is the founder of CHENG Concrete, a concrete countertop contracting company, and CHENG Design, a residential and commercial design firm. He is also author of the books Concrete Countertops and Concrete at Home.

Templating Material for Concrete Countertops

Time: 01:50

Templating for a concrete countertop is an important part of the fabrication process. Getting the measurements and dimensions correct from the start will save time and money down the road. Award-winning concrete countertop fabricator and designer Fu-Tung Cheng shows us the material of choice and method for templating for concrete countertops.

Concrete Mixers - Mixing Concrete For Countertops

Time: 04:21

Award-winning designer Fu-Tung Cheng shows us the types of mixers he uses and discusses the key features to look for when buying or renting a mixer for making concrete countertops.

It's a misnomer to think that all the material needed for a concrete countertop can be mixed in a wheelbarrow. Cheng recommends either buying or renting a professional concrete or mortar mixer when making concrete countertops. Mixers come in a variety of sizes. Cheng has used a variety of mixers including a 3 cubic foot, 12 cubic foot, and 14 cubic foot.

Using Melamine to Form Concrete Counters

Time: 01:39

Renowned trainer Fu-Tung Cheng shows how to form concrete countertops using melamine. This material is a basic tool needed to form concrete counters.

Molds & Mold Rubbers for Concrete Countertops

Time: 03:45

Making molds for concrete countertop edges and inlays is an artistic way to add interest and a customized look to any kitchen, bathroom, or vanity countertop. Award-winning designer and concrete countertop fabricator Fu-Tung Cheng shows how to make custom concrete molds using a melamine form and liquid rubber.

Using 100% Silicone Caulk to Form Concrete Counters

Time: 02:58

A small yet important tool needed to make concrete countertops is 100% silicone caulk. Award-winning designer Fu-Tung Cheng shows us how to use caulk during the countertop mold-making process. He also discusses how to properly apply the caulk.

Using Decorative Inserts In Concrete Countertops

Time: 04:51

Award-winning designer Fu-Tung Cheng discusses how to make concrete countertops with decorative inserts on the surface. There are an unlimited number of inserts that can be used to personalize countertops. Fu-Tung shows us some of his favorite items to inlay in the counter.

Foam Forms for Concrete Countertop Making

Time: 03:34

Award winning kitchen & bath designer Fu Tung Cheng discusses how to use foam forms when making concrete countertops. The most important facet in making a concrete counter is the mold. One of the newest ways of making molds is using foam.

Using Concrete Countertop Sink Knockouts

Time: 05:26

Award-winning designer, author and concrete countertop fabricator Fu-Tung Cheng shows the different tools used in making concrete countertops. One of the main aspects in creating any concrete countertop is the sink.

Fu-Tung recommends undermounting stainless steel, porcelain, or granite sinks because concrete erodes when water runs on it constantly. The undermount sink also shows off the form and thickness of the concrete countertop.

Casting Tables -Tips for Selecting and Building

Time: 03:09

Award-winning concrete countertop designer, Fu-Tung Cheng takes us inside his shop in Berkeley, CA to show us how to use a variety of tools used in concrete countertop making. One essential tool for creating great concrete counters is a pour table, also referred to as a casting table.

Concrete Vibrators-How to Consolidate Concrete Countertops

Time: 05:35

One of the most essential tools needed for concrete countertop making is a vibrator. Countertop fabricator, trainer, and author Fu-Tung Cheng shows how to select vibrators and provides tips on using vibrators to consolidate a concrete counter during the pour.

Vibrators are used to consolidate the material onto the surface of the mold. Concrete vibration is important in removing air pockets in the mix as well as moving the cream layer of the concrete to the bottom of the mold (remember the bottom of the mold is the top of the finished countertop).

Wet Polishers & Pads - Polishing Concrete Countertops

Time: 06:02

Award-winning concrete countertop and kitchen designer Fu-Tung Cheng discusses the tools used to make concrete counters. An important tool used to finish the countertop surface is a wet-polisher or hand polishing machine. This is a tool that is used to grind down and polish the surface of the concrete to expose the aggregate, glass, stones, and inlays that are in the countertop.

Grinders & Cup Wheels Used to Make Concrete Countertops

Time: 05:36

Award-winning designer Fu-Tung Cheng discusses how to properly select and use concrete hand grinders to fabricate concrete countertops. Cheng uses a dry grinder. The reason a dry grinder is selected in certain situations is that wet grinders are often not practical when working, for example, in someone's home.

Water Recycling System - Why Should You Use One

Time: 03:16

Award-winning designer Fu-Tung Cheng discusses how to make polished concrete countertops using a wet-grinder. He shows the tools that are used during the polishing process and discusses how to properly use each tool.

Hand Grinding Blocks: Grinding Edges of Concrete Countertops

Time: 03:21

Award-winning designer and concrete countertop fabricator Fu-Tung Cheng shows us a simple yet important tool he uses when fabricating countertops-hand-grinding blocks.

Trivet & Rail Strips for Concrete Countertop Protections

Time: 03:38

Award-winning designer Fu-Tung Cheng shows us how to use trivet and rail strips in concrete countertops. He also discusses why these are used from a design and functional standpoint.

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