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Making a Plaster Table

Section: General, Subsection: General

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Make your own plaster table. One person can pour a 350 lb plaster table in two hours.

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Below are a series of pictures showing how I re-poured the 350 lb plaster slab into a frame that my father made for Luke Lindoe 40 years ago. That frame showed no signs of rot, he had treated it with a preservative. The construction is ingenious, the 1x12 outer cap is fastened very securely to the 4x4 legs and the inner 2x4s are secured to it. It is very strong, it withstood alot of my banging on it with a big hammer and chisel to get the old slab out of there. This type of frame gave me a lot of flexibility during the pour. I was able to do it alone in a couple of hours. I poured 2-bag batches in succession, the previous just barely setting before I poured the next. I had a 20 gallon plastic container on wheels, so I could power-mix it by our dust hood and wheel in to the table and use a bucket to empty it into the frame.

Plaster table frame

Plaster table frame

The old, worn-out plaster slab has been removed (using a sledge hammer) and everything cleaned up. One cardboard insert has been put in place.

Detail of the corner construction of the plaster table frame

Detail of the corner construction of the plaster table frame

4x4 legs. 1x12 side. 2x4 cross members.

Inside detail of the construction of the plaster table frame

Inside detail of the construction of the plaster table frame

2x4s are nailed to the 1x12s along the length to support the 2x4 cross members.

A table frame almost ready to fill with a 7-bag plaster mix

A table frame almost ready to fill with a 7-bag plaster mix

A plaster table wooden frame with cardboard retainers stapled in place and ready for the plastic liner. This will hold a 350 pound plaster slab. That slab will absorb 100 lbs of water from a slurry.

Underside of plaster table frame with cardboard retainers in place

Underside of plaster table frame with cardboard retainers in place

Each has been cut and folded to size and stabled in place. These will bear the weight of the plaster when poured.

Plaster table frame with cardboard liners around the outer edge

Plaster table frame with cardboard liners around the outer edge

These liners have been covered in plastic tape. They extend 3/4 inch above the outside wooden frame. The plaster slab must rise above the frame.

Plaster table frame with plastic in place, ready to pour

Plaster table frame with plastic in place, ready to pour

The plaster will push the plastic into place tightly against the frame.

Plaster table poured and read to dry

Plaster table poured and read to dry

The drying will take a couple of weeks. It can be accelerated using fans. The table is now very heavy, it cannot be easily moved. The plaster has found its own level, slurry poured onto it will not run in any particular direction.

Make a super durable mobile plaster table

Make a super durable mobile plaster table

This is an example of a plaster table on wheels (made using angle iron). 150 lbs plaster and 92 lbs water were poured onto the plastic (which was supported by cardboard attached below). This one uses Duramold pottery plaster.

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By Tony Hansen




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