Many of you have wondered about the patio shown in the DIY Barrel Stove Outdoor Furnace pictures. In this topic, I will discuss how I built the patio using a concrete walkway maker form. I specifically used this one: [#AD] http://tinyurl.com/prjpvzl
I will dedicate this topic specifically to the use of the concrete walkway maker form. If you wish to actually build the same thing, you should follow best practices for creating a structurally sound patio base as I did using the appropriate geo-textile fabric underlayment, crushed stone for aggregate, and all the requisites for building a sound base. This topic assumes you are knowledgeable in this area and / or you can do the research to discover how to create a prepared site / patio base structure.
Prepared patio base
Materials and Equipment
- 80 pound bags of concrete – to form the actual patio
- [#AD] Cobblestone Walkmaker Form – Several of these were simultaneously used to form the cobblestone pattern
- Concrete Mixer – to mechanize the mixing of concrete, otherwise this is an immensely laborious task
- Strips of cardboard – to create custom forms for cobblestones near the edges and corners of your patio dimensions
- Crushed Stone Dust – this is swept into the cobblestone spaces once done. I would NOT use sand as that does not interlock like stone dust
Using the forms
- Mix concrete to desired consistency
- Insert concrete into forms
- Vibrate, tap, and trowel shapes
- Remove form
- Advance form and repeat
First use as many full-sized forms as possible. Eventually, you will need to create the cobblestones that are missing.
I had her test the patio while it was under construction!
I was testing the patio out as well, while under construction! Works great!
Creating Partial Cobblestones
- Create cardboard forms for individual stones not made by walk maker form
- Fill with concrete
- Remove cardboard the next day
- Use your artistic abilities to create similar stone shapes
Once you create all cobblestones and let the patio cure for at least 1 day, you can sweep and fill the cracks with crushed stone dust.
Decorate and Enjoy!
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