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DIY Cinder Block Projects

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by chelloveck, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Here are some interesting and useful projects using cinder blocks....

    Who needs a tiny house when they can have a tiny castle....I'm sure that a dungeon and a gimp room would be very simple additions ;)


    Via: build a platform bed with cinder blocks | DIY Woodworking Plans


    Via: DIY Projects: 15 Ideas For Using Cinder Blocks | Survivopedia

    Via: Concrete Garden Benches - Foter


    Via: DIY Cinder Block Planters - Do-It-Yourself Fun Ideas

    Via:25+ Cinder Block Projects for the Homestead - Mom with a PREP


    Via: 12 Smokehouse Plans For Better Flavoring, Cooking and Preserving Food | The Self-Sufficient Living
  2. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Love the kindling rack idea. That is really creative. I like the gardening ideas also. Seems like it would cut down on weeds.

    They do not seem to mortar the blocks together for the fence or compost pile plus other images.
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  3. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    A rather well to do individual within about four miles or so of my BOL is building a castle. His "gate house" is roughly the size of most smaller homes, 1300 sq ft or so. It has a solid huge wooden door about 4 or 5 inches thick that has got to weigh a couple of tons. He owns a string of medical supply houses in So Cal.

    Cool projects.
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  4. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I think that they may use an adhesive....I don't know what the proprietary name is in the USA, but it is known as Bondcrete in Australia. Bondcrete FAQs
  5. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    One advantage of not cementing the blocks is that they can be easily used for other projects later.
  6. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Last edited: Dec 12, 2015
  7. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    Some great ideas for working with blocks, but there is one thing I should mention.
    Usually a concrete block cracks after being in a fire. They last for maybe two or three burns at most.
    Anywhere the fire would directly touch them you need some kind of insulation like fireclay. Or a layer of firebrick to take the heat for the concrete,

    They do make blocks that are like firebrick--entirely flameproof--but they cost lottsa-bucks.
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  8. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Nice resource Ganado...tx for posting
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  9. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    That is a really important fact to know. Thanks for that.
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  10. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    They also break if the pressure is too much, (guys get killed, when cars set on blocks fall) so don't overload the firewood hopper, or the block will split.
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