We’ve already seen a few designs in the past few weeks that use a stamping tool to finish concrete surfaces, but what about stamping concrete without the stamping?
If you have the skills to do it, you can!
For some of the most popular designs we’ve seen, you could even do it with a stamp tool on the concrete itself.
In this post, we’ll show you how to create a stampable concrete surface using a simple piece of wood.
In the future, we may see the use of stamps on other materials like cement or glass, so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for that!
The first step is to decide what type of surface you want to stamp.
You can use any type of wood, and this will determine which type of stamp tool you need.
A standard 2″x4″ piece of plywood will do.
For a more intricate design, we suggest a 1-2″x3″ piece.
This will work well for most applications, though you may need to make modifications depending on what type and size of project you’re working on.
You could even use a 4×4 template, or use a 3/8″ square to work with.
The easiest way to start is to drill a hole in the piece of lumber you want your surface to be stamped on.
Once the hole is drilled, you’ll want to use a 2-3/8″-inch bit to punch holes in the wood, so that the hole will open up in the center.
This is where the first thing you’ll need to do is drill holes in a template.
This way, you won’t have to worry about a template cutting into the wood before you get the proper size.
When you get a template, mark where the hole should be, then drill a few holes in that area.
The holes will be aligned with the template.
Now, you need to lay out a template on the wood you want the surface to sit on.
This can be a sheet of paper or a board.
We suggest a piece of cardboard for this step, but any solid object can work.
If you are going to be using a 3-dimensional surface, you might want to get a laser printer to make the hole template.
If not, you may be able to use some kind of stencil, such as a piece you cut from a piece on your computer.
You’ll need a ruler and a ruler tape to measure out the right height for the hole.
You’ll want the hole to be at least 6″ from the edge of the wood.
You might want a smaller hole for your project if it’s larger than 6″.
If the surface is too thick, it will get scratched, so take that into account.
Next, place the template on top of the desired surface and start hammering.
This process will take about 15 minutes, depending on how big the hole you’re making is.
It will help to mark your template at the edges with a piece a quarter of an inch from the surface.
Once you have your template cut out, you should now be able get the wood to align with the surface you’re going to use for your stamping.
To start, drill a 2″ hole in each corner of the template, with a drill bit about 3/16″ deeper than the template edge.
Place the template in the middle of the hole and then cut out your design.
If the template is not completely flat, you will want to cut out a little more at the corners to give it some extra clearance.
If you are using a template and the wood is too thin, you want it to be thick enough to allow you to slide the template through the hole without it slipping.
Once you’ve cut out the design, you have to mark where you want a stamp.
Using a marker or tape, mark a 6″ notch on the template where the mark is to be made.
After you’ve marked your hole, use a pencil to mark the template edges.
Start hammering at this spot until the template fits the hole perfectly.
Here’s what the finished surface should look like after you’ve drilled your hole and the template has been cut.
You should see a little bit of wood sticking out of the surface, as the template will be in the hole when the wood has been put in.
There’s still a bit of work to do to make this surface work.
There is still some trim that needs to be done, but once the template’s in place, you’re done!
If the surface looks like this, you are done!
If not… you’ll be able the next time you have a concrete project!
Have you ever wondered what you could do with a 3D-printed piece of furniture, or even your backyard?
Let us know in the comments!