The Heavy Lift

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Project by RobertKleeman posted 04-23-2012 12:15 AM 2200 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s always troubling to me when the most challenging part of a project is the where and not the how or what.

The three flights of exterior fire escape were without a doubt the most troublesome part of this project. I fretted over the load out and the load in but in the end I had blown it all out of proportion in my head.

I will have to say that I felt spared by the granite fabricator since delivery and installation were an option I could avoid.!


Remove the existing built in island from the wall, add 10” in depth to allow for seating on one side. Include 4 small drawers under the overhang and put the entire piece on castors, with a 1.5” thick granite top.

A granite top on an off center base – on wheels. OK there were a few design concerns.

After taking to the granite supplier I was relieved to find that the top could overhand the edge by 10” without support, so after extending the sides by 10” and adding the columns I was less concerned with both the support and balance.


The 8” slides by the same manufacturer as the original cabinet were a bit tricky to come by. Thank you Gods of the Internets. These are not standard store shelf items.

The side of the original cabinet that was attached to the wall didn’t leave enough material at the corners to allow for me to skin over the entire side in one piece, while still having the same dimension and proportion at the front. So I had to patch in and join the faces on that side. And yes – It was about as much fun as it sounds.


All done! and without the excruciating back pain I was anticipating.
I do have to remind myself to talk to the client about building them an elevator.

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 01:19 AM

That came out great, beautiful build, glad you didn’t put yourself in traction getting it to it’s final destination. The finish has a really nice golden color to it as well. Nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 01:19 PM

Absolutely beautiful work sir! Also, thanks for the walk through on your project along with the design issues / concerns. For me, at least, it gives some idea of the possible issues to consider when tackling any project.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 01:36 PM

A job well done. I have to say that my back started to hurt just looking at the flights of stairs. Try carrying pieces of plate glass up a stair system like that. It will make you think about life in a different way, that’s for sure.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 03:12 PM

Great work, very nice….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 04:58 PM

Great job. It always seems as though the hard stuff is easy and the small crap turns out to be next to impossible to complete. It looks really nice in its new home. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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