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Making the form
Cutting the mold pieces
When the glue dried the temporary holding nails were pulled out of the length of formwork and the clamps were removed.
The formwork was then cut into the pieces required to make the mold.
The mold was made in ‘picture frame’ type fashion.
The inside measurement at the narrowest point was 20mm (3/4″) more than the thickness of the gate post.
In short, the bottom of the finished concrete cap was to be bigger than the top of the concrete post by 10mm (3/8″) all the way around.
The pieces that made up the mold
1) Four pieces that made the lower part of the mold [m1].
2) Four pieces to make the upper part of the mold [m2].
3) One piece of 20mm (3/4″) thick sheet board (plywood or similar) to make the base of the mold [m3].
4) Four strips of wood [m4] fixed to the top of the lower part of the mold [m1] to hold the upper part of the mold [m3] in place. (See next page).
Assembling the mold
All the corners were screwed together so that the mold could be easily disassembled.
The base [m3] was then screwed to the underside of lower part of the mold [m1].
Applying oil and diesel to the mold
The mixture acted as a releasing agent, allowing the mold to be pulled cleanly away once the concrete had dried.