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10-05-2011 08:24 PM

I’m afraid I’m over thinking this project, so I’d love any help/suggestions you guys can give me. Back story: My wife is in cosmetology school right now and since I’m “handy” she volunteered me to fix a problem at her school. The need to add some counter space for more work stations where they clamp a mannequin to work on its hair. The current configuration has some lower spots between the existing workstations they’d like to fill in.

I’d love some help in figuring out an easy way to add counter space. My initial thought is a counter supported by two vertical wings that would get glued with dowels to the existing counter. Other thoughts? Here are some pics of the areas:

Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 10-05-2011 08:41 PM

let me ask the obvious – why not just ‘raise’ the low spots to match the rest of the counter space?

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 08:45 PM

Good question, Sharon. I can’t use the existing counter top because there’s a locker underneath that has to stay. Also, I also need to make sure there’s at least 2” of overhang for the mannequins to clamp on to.

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 08:49 PM

If you were to bring the lower part of the counter even with the higher part you could add a pullout shelf similar to a keyboard tray. That could double the area.

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 09:12 PM

Cory I work as a caretaker at North Hertfordshire College here in the U.K. which has an hair& beauty department, and I have found the simpler the better is best. They seem to have the ability to change there minds more often than the English weather. Can I suggest a simple two uprights topped with shelf the required size i——————-i , this can then be slid in and out as minds are changed.

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 09:14 PM

John, I love where your head is. That’s what I had in mind, but I was afraid that it wouldn’t stay put. That’s where attaching the uprights with dowels came in to play.

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 09:15 PM


Why not just build a “rizer” to go on top of the existing countertop? By that I mean measure the tallest part of the counter, cut 2-3 nice boards, like oak or some hardwood, put the boards on each end, and one in the middle, making sure they are at least 3/4” less for the top. Take a nice piece of plywood, put a laminate on top, and making sure you have enough over-hang for the clamps(you said about 2”), sit it on top of the existing counter flush with the top of the original counter. To make it removable if need be, use velcro or maybe double-stick tape to keep it in place. And they can still get to or use the bottom counter space….By the way, my wife has been a beautician for 25 years, and she owns her own shop….I’ve had to do simular things for hers, too… It needs to have the laminate to protect it from things like water, nail polish, anything liquid…..been there and did that…

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 09:17 PM

Another great suggestion, Rick. Thanks!

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 09:33 PM

What about the existing windows? It looks like the low spots are low because they had to go under the windows. Will this be a problem?

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