Portland Concrete Countertop Resources
Interested in making your own concrete countertop? It's hard work but definitely fun. If you need help, advice, a shoulder to cry on, etc... feel free to give us a call. Here's a short list of some Portland resources you might want to explore.
Winks - A Portland institution that has been in business since 1905: Great for hard to find hardware items and their very knowledgeable staff.
Masons Supply - Oregon & Washington based contractor only masonry supply. Great for bulk quantities of concrete, cement, bar, etc.... Not really geared for countertop fabricators or DIYers but worth checking out if you have a chance.
White Cap - Another contractor only supply company that has Oregon and Washington locations. They are not as narrowly focused on Concrete and cement as Masons Supply but they do have a lot of heavy duty tools and supplies that come in handy for the concrete countertop fabricator and they can order many items that they don't normally stock.
Home Depot - The Depot may lack some of the specialty tools of the trade but it's great for basic concrete countertop supplies, generic cement, and tools and there are many Portland locations.
Lowes - Like Home Depot, Lowes is good for general concrete supplies and has several PDX area locations. Worth checking out because they usually carry different cement, concrete, and tool brands then the Depot.
Parr Lumber - Parr has a bunch of Portland area stores, as well as many locations in Washington and other parts of Oregon. Parr has a great selection of building materials and items of interest for the concrete countertop craftsman.
Harbor Freight - If you're not planning on making many concrete countertops and you want to stretch your tool buying dollars, Harbor Freight might be just the ticket. Of course the old adage "you get what you pay for" applies.
Bourget Bros. - not exactly local (approx 1,000 mi south of Portland), but I mention it because it's definitely worth checking out if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area. They have a great selection of aggregates, recycled glass, as well as concrete and cement supplies and tools.
American Specialty Glass - If you want to add some visual interest to your concrete countertops then American Specialty Glass is a great place to check out. They are a also a few miles away from Portland (North Salt Lake, UT) but they will ship to the PDX area at fairly reasonable rates (approx $15 for a 25lb bag).
Online Concrete Countertop Resources
Here are a few links to some great concrete countertop information, resources, and inspiration.
Cheng Concrete Exchange - Fu-Tung Cheng is one of the early innovators in the concrete countertop industry. His Concrete Exchange site is full of information and articles on the concrete countertop business. The Concrete Exchange carries a full line of concrete countertop supplies and tools.
Buddy Rhodes - A giant in the concrete countertop industry. Buddy has been creating concrete countertops for over 20 years. Buddy's site presents a wealth of knowledge from his many years in the business. Buddy Rhodes' line of concrete supplies and tools are top notch.
Ernsdorf Design - For some inspiring concrete creations and examples of expert craftsmanship check out my good friend Seth Ernsdorf's site. His Los Angeles based firm does some incredible work. His most recent design is a series of outdoor lounge tables created for the Hotel Del Coronodo in San Diego.
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