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    Cement Shelves

    Has anyone had experience with building shelving (along a concrete wall) out of cement? Thinking of constructing something with wooden doors. A search has come up dry but I've heard it's do-able. Cheers in advance!

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    Many kitchen frames are constructed using concrete and reo and then clad with wooden panels and doors, tiles and granite tops.

    Actually you have a lot less long term problems such as wood rot and insect infestation when using concrete frames.

    The only problem I have seen is if the framework is not square the fitting of sliding drawers and doors is almost impossible.

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    You can cantilever concrete shelves but they they need to be structurally reinforced into the wall with rebar or metal supports. You need to create forms
    around the supports for pouring the concrete to the desired shape. There a lot of books on the subject of designing in concrete.

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    Not concrete, but cut rock.

    Iíve taken cut rock (here in Thailand) and attached (drilled holes into both the rock and concrete where they join up together, used concrete anchors, so you donít see any hardware holding the shelves up) it to a concrete wall.

    However the shelve can not be too deep.
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    Yep, my kitchen is bricks and mortar, with floor tiles for work tops.
    Cost.. about 100 quid.

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    Bit difficult after the event - ideally you need two return angles- then quite easy and possible to cast in situ. If you only have one face and no returns then the project becomes a bit more involved but possible.

    I'd tend to use a steel frame.

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    my ancient house in Portugal has a cement shelf all along one wall

    no iron involved; they built local bricks half into the wall and used those as support. The shelves also have an ogive shaped cement support moulded underneath, which hides the bricks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    my ancient house in Portugal has a cement shelf all along one wall

    no iron involved; they built local bricks half into the wall and used those as support. The shelves also have an ogive shaped cement support moulded underneath, which hides the bricks
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