CSA Aircrete Lightweight Concrete Garden Boxes – PART 3.7

Make your own CSA aircrete lightweight concrete raised garden beds! This is PART 3.7, showing options to make your garden boxes from CSA Air Crete.  You can build these forms and cast your own 48″, 36″, or 24″ reinforced lightweight concrete panels that link together to make long lasting and durable concrete garden boxes.

Here is the weight of 3 cured panels made from regular concrete: . 48″ – 69lbs, 36″ – 50lbs, 24″ – 33lbs.

See the Youtube Video and download the Plans.

Background for the Cast CSA AIrcrete Garden Box Project – PART 3.7

Hi, its Kent from MAN about TOOLS and this is yet another follow up to Part 3 of my series on making garden box panels from lightweight concrete. And this time I’ll make aircrete using CSA cement.

CSA Aircrete Garden Boxes PART 3.7 - Lightweight Foam Concrete from CSA Cement
Watch this video on YouTube.


This is part 3.7 of my series on casting your own reinforced concrete garden box panels. As you may have seen, these panels link together to make rot proof long lasting garden boxes.
In Part 3.6 I reworked my aircrete blend and the results were really good. Many viewers wanted to know if you could make aircrete from CSA cement. So this video is about doing just that.

Introduction to the plan to try and make aircrete with CSA cementall
Lightweight Concrete CSA Aircrete Garden Boxes

If you haven’t seen part 1 and 2 of this series then you might get more from this video if you watch them first as I won’t be covering all the steps needed to make the forms and prep them for casting. See the link in the upper right or in the description below.
I’ll be using the plywood forms I built in part 1 of the series. These forms have a durable and smooth polyurethane coating that seems to work well with aircrete.


CSA Aircrete Ingredients

Okay, here’s how I made the panels.

Ingredients I\'ll use for the CSA Foam concrete panels
Ingredients to make CSA Air crete

The CSA aircrete is made from only a few ingredients: CSA cement, shampoo to create a foam, a little glass fiber for extra strength, and a plasticizer to liquefy the mix. I’ll also add some liquid colour too.

CSA Aircrete Foam Dilution

the foam dilution for the aircrete version
CSA aircrete foam dilution formula

I’ve covered the shampoo dilution steps in other videos so I’ll just do a quick summary here.

making foam with a screen on a paint mixer drill attachment
Slowly dissolving the shampoo in water with a mixing attachment on a drill

It’s 15 fluid ounces of shampoo to two and a half gallons of water. I stir this with a paint mixer, on a low setting, to dissolve the shampoo in the water. Then I store the dilution in jugs for later use. This Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo works really well for aircrete.

Suave shampoo makes a great foam
Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo to make CSA aircrete foam

Honeydo Carpenter’s Foam Mate

To make the foam I’ll be using the large Foam Mate that Darwin from The Honeydo Carpenter sent me. I pour the shampoo dilution in the tank, connect my air hose, and it makes awesome foam.

pouring foam shampoo dilution into the foammate
Filling the Foam Mate tank with shampoo dilution

Link to Darwin’s channel and his Foam Mate .

Foam Mate makes great thick and dense foam
Making aircrete foam with the Foam Mate and an air compressor

I don’t have pure CSA cement so I’ll use a product called Cement All. It has CSA cement mixed with fine sand.

001 CSA Aircrete Concrete Boxes.3357
Rapid Set Cement All bag for CSA Aircrete
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