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#1 posted 12-27-2017 09:51 PM

If you are going for the “floating look” Metal bracket is the way to go. Now that I see what you mean. I d get a forged bracket; don t need all the length since you have the beef of 1,3/4”. Flexing at the angle is where the problems will be. If you are going with the bent flat stock I would weld in a small triangle stabilizer at the angle.
Don t want that area to flex too much more than the rest of the piece.

- pontic

Well i was kinda thinking the only reason I’d need a bracket would be for the length. In other words, to add some support to the front right edge of the slab, without putting a post under that edge. The back side of the slab where the angle bracket would go will be sitting on a 2×2 strip of wood thats screwed into the stud. So the back side isnt going anywhere. I was thinking if I used an L bracket, I’d have the section of the bracket thats attached to the slab go nearly to the edge of the slab. Since the slab is 18” on the end, maybe make the bracket go out to 16”. I really think the slab would be fine without it, but the concern would be if someone put a lot of weight on that front right edge, or even if the wood could sag and lean over time. Again, the back wouldnt sag, as it would essentially be connected to the stud, but might the right front corner after some years? Maybe this is just something that I should install it to the studs like I was thinking, and then go from there on making a decision on additional support needed.

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