How to Make Cement Board

Cement board is heavier and slightly more expensive than drywall or plasterboard, but it is more durable and lasts a lot longer. Protect your walls from balls or other objects flying through the air and breaking your walls. With a few items from your local hardware store, you can make these boards at home.

Things You'll Need

  • 4-foot by 6-foot plywood sheet

  • Table saw

  • ½-inch wood planks

  • ¾-inch wood screws

  • Cement mix

  • Portable cement mixer

  • Coconut fiber

  • Cement leveler

Step 1

Cut a 4-foot by 6-foot plywood sheet. Use a table saw. Place half-inch wood planks along the edges of the plywood sheet. Nail the half-inch planks using 3/4-inch wood screws. That is the cement board mold.

Step 2

Pour 5 lbs. of cement mix and 1 gallon of water into a portable cement mixer. Add 10 cups of coconut fiber. The coconut fiber reinforces the concrete.

Step 3

Power on the cement mixer and let it mix for 1 hour.

Step 4

Pour the cement and fiber mixture into the plywood cement mold. Fill the mold until the cement is the same level as the planks.

Step 5

Smooth the cement with a cement leveler. Run the cement leveler over the top surface removing excess cement.

Step 6

Let the cement board dry for seven days. Remove the cement board from the cement mold. It is now ready to use.

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