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Modern Concrete Log Holder


DIY PETE
DIY PETE
DIY PETE
DIY PETE

Learn how to make a very modern looking, circular, concrete log holder from DIY Pete. This project is simple to do, is very affordable, and doesn’t take long at all from start to finish. The concrete log holder adds a nice touch to any fireplace and is very functional. Thanks for checking this out and best of luck on yours!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      We need to start by making the form with the aluminum flashing and the melamine. The circular melamine pieces will be cut out with your Ryobi Jigsaw. Measure and mark a 22” diameter circle. Cut the melamine with your jigsaw accordingly. Save the circular offcut from the larger circle, we’ll use this later. Measure and mark a 19 ½” diameter circle. Cut four of these pieces from the melamine.

    2. Step: 2

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      Cut the aluminum flashing to size. We’ll need one piece at 16” tall and the other at 16 ¾” tall. Wrap them around the melamine circles to figure the length and cut them with aviator snips. You can use a cutoff wheel on an angle grinder to get a cleaner cut and then grind all of the sharp edges smooth.

    3. Step: 3

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      Build the outer portion of the aluminum flashing and melamine form. It consists of one 22” diameter melamine bottom, and aluminum flashing cut to 16 ¾” long and then secured into the bottom melamine piece. Refer to the photos for a visual representation of this. Let’s build the inner portion next.

    4. Step: 4

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      The inner portion of the form is a bit more difficult to put together. We need this to be strong, as the weight of the curing concrete will be pushing in on the inner portion of the form. We cut four circular pieces of melamine for this, stack them together with 2x4 pieces, and attach the top and bottom pieces to the aluminum flashing. Space the four melamine pieces apart with 2x4s cut to 4 ¼” and screw them into the melamine pieces with 1 ½” wood screws.

    5. Step: 5

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      Center the inner portion of the form inside the larger, outer portion and screw them together from the underside of the outer portion. You can seal the edges of the aluminum flashing with tape, if desired. This is where you can add the outer portion melamine offcut on the outside of the form for added support.

    6. Step: 6

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      Mix your Quikrete 5000 and water to get a good, peanut butter-like consistency of concrete. Pour it into the mold and start filling it up all of the way. You’ll use all of two bags of the concrete and will need part of a third, as well. Make sure to clean your concrete mixing, leveling, and all tools after this. Let the concrete cure for the manufacturers recommended time before de-molding it.

    7. Step: 7

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      De-mold your melamine and aluminum flashing form once the concrete has cured! Take your time here, being careful not to damage the concrete at all. The inner portion of the form is a bit trickier to deconstruct and take out. You might have to drill into it, cut with snips or a saw, and work it out slowly.

    8. Step: 8

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      Let the concrete continue to cure and then build your wood base. I used walnut hardwood cut to 3” wide by 2” thick. Trace the outline of the outside of the concrete circle onto the wood and then use your Jigsaw to cut out the shape.

    9. Step: 9

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      Construct the base using two boards in between the stands as support structures. Kreg Jig them and glue and screw them into the curved stands. Sand, finish, and coat your wood base with a danish oil, let soak in, then wipe away excess.

    10. Step: 10

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      Sand, finish, and fill in any voids on the concrete circle. Use a water based sealer and add three to four coats to the concrete, letting it cure before use.

    11. Step: 11

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      Install it in place, add firewood to your log holder, and enjoy!

Comments (2)


  • This is SO cool - I've never seen anything like it before!
    By karen_atlanta, on January 6, 2016

  • Cool ideal ! with a warm modern feel
    By JoeMan, on January 10, 2016

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Modern Concrete Log Holder

by DIY PETE
Dec 18, 2015
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Learn how to make a very modern looking, circular, concrete log holder from DIY Pete. This project is simple to do, is very affordable, and doesn’t take long at all from start to finish. The concrete log holder adds a nice touch to any fireplace and is very functional. Thanks for checking this out and best of luck on yours!

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 26876249 07e2 4b5e 9cb7 4ca3e3e5d21c

    We need to start by making the form with the aluminum flashing and the melamine. The circular melamine pieces will be cut out with your Ryobi Jigsaw. Measure and mark a 22” diameter circle. Cut the melamine with your jigsaw accordingly. Save the circular offcut from the larger circle, we’ll use this later. Measure and mark a 19 ½” diameter circle. Cut four of these pieces from the melamine.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge f595f490 a8d0 4af3 a5ae c418b555e6d3

    Cut the aluminum flashing to size. We’ll need one piece at 16” tall and the other at 16 ¾” tall. Wrap them around the melamine circles to figure the length and cut them with aviator snips. You can use a cutoff wheel on an angle grinder to get a cleaner cut and then grind all of the sharp edges smooth.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 897e2ca5 0c1f 41ca bf49 cf768a8dba1e

    Build the outer portion of the aluminum flashing and melamine form. It consists of one 22” diameter melamine bottom, and aluminum flashing cut to 16 ¾” long and then secured into the bottom melamine piece. Refer to the photos for a visual representation of this. Let’s build the inner portion next.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge fdaec174 a157 4ade 9fb4 5e77bef8f382

    The inner portion of the form is a bit more difficult to put together. We need this to be strong, as the weight of the curing concrete will be pushing in on the inner portion of the form. We cut four circular pieces of melamine for this, stack them together with 2x4 pieces, and attach the top and bottom pieces to the aluminum flashing. Space the four melamine pieces apart with 2x4s cut to 4 ¼” and screw them into the melamine pieces with 1 ½” wood screws.

  5. Step: 5
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    Center the inner portion of the form inside the larger, outer portion and screw them together from the underside of the outer portion. You can seal the edges of the aluminum flashing with tape, if desired. This is where you can add the outer portion melamine offcut on the outside of the form for added support.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge a4bf64d1 c5d5 4626 ad68 aec6aba8b0d4

    Mix your Quikrete 5000 and water to get a good, peanut butter-like consistency of concrete. Pour it into the mold and start filling it up all of the way. You’ll use all of two bags of the concrete and will need part of a third, as well. Make sure to clean your concrete mixing, leveling, and all tools after this. Let the concrete cure for the manufacturers recommended time before de-molding it.

  7. Step: 7
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    De-mold your melamine and aluminum flashing form once the concrete has cured! Take your time here, being careful not to damage the concrete at all. The inner portion of the form is a bit trickier to deconstruct and take out. You might have to drill into it, cut with snips or a saw, and work it out slowly.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 8cb799e3 f5c4 439e b38e 19d2ac8e0fa6

    Let the concrete continue to cure and then build your wood base. I used walnut hardwood cut to 3” wide by 2” thick. Trace the outline of the outside of the concrete circle onto the wood and then use your Jigsaw to cut out the shape.

  9. Step: 9
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    Construct the base using two boards in between the stands as support structures. Kreg Jig them and glue and screw them into the curved stands. Sand, finish, and coat your wood base with a danish oil, let soak in, then wipe away excess.

  10. Step: 10
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    Sand, finish, and fill in any voids on the concrete circle. Use a water based sealer and add three to four coats to the concrete, letting it cure before use.

  11. Step: 11
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    Install it in place, add firewood to your log holder, and enjoy!