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Forum topic by rickf16 posted 423 days ago 456 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rickf16

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423 days ago

My wife and I are in the process of remaking a bedroom into an office/scrapping room. I am going to order counter tops for the desk. Saves time and is what the wife wants. We are going to have an open look. The tops will not have base cabinets like a kitchen. One will be 84” , the other 66”. We are going for an open feel. Question is, what is the best way to mount these tops so they will be level and and not come crashing down in the middle of the nite. I am thinking of using a “Closet Maid” system but wondering what other options are available. Any help is appreciated.

Rick

-- Rick


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Jerry

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#1 posted 423 days ago

I would say cleats on the wall and front legs to support front part of counter top. If you decide not to run support to the floor of some sort on the front edge of the counter top, you will be asking for issues. You might be able to run a front support 45 degree angle back to the base of the wall, but prefer just going straight to the floor. If this top is going to be granite or heavy stone, then over doing your support system with legs is a wise idea. Never would want that counter top to fall or begin to sink downward along the front edge of tops.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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David Dean

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#2 posted 422 days ago

Ya Jerry if he could get his hands on a megwelder and some 1/4” angle iron he could make his own barcit and bolt than in to the wall or is that a little much.

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#3 posted 422 days ago

Nah, sounds about right to me. :)

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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CrazeeTxn

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#4 posted 422 days ago

Open as in modern/contemporary? How about a chain/cable in the front corners then ancored to the wall?

If not, then the cleat/leg method is about the only sure bet. That’s a lot of weight to come down in the middle of night… :D

I’ve seen where folks have drilled into the studs, put a pipe or rebar, then slid the piece on. Don’t know if it would hold true in your case because they were floating shelves.

Just throwing out ideas.

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Lee Barker

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#5 posted 422 days ago

This outfit makes some really nice brackets. I have used them. Look good, plenty strong.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Hammerthumb

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#6 posted 422 days ago

Calculate that 3/4” granite top will weigh in at about 13lbs per square foot. That is a lot of weight. Also, depending on the stone, a subtop with support along the length might be necessary. Some stone will fracture under its own weight.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#7 posted 422 days ago

Well made corbels that are lag screwed into the studs will be strong enough, if on 16” centers.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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rickf16

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#8 posted 421 days ago

This will be a regular laminate top. Can’t fit granite in the budget. Lee, good link. I think that is exactly what I’m looking for. Going to call them tomorrow to find out more.
David, you don’t want to see my welding…that’s why I do woodworking:)
Txn, the room is small so I am trying to keep the feel of openness (is that even a word?)
Jerry, like the idea of legs although the room is carpeted, so I wonder if it will cause issue with leveling.

Thanks for all the help guys.

-- Rick

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Jerry

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#9 posted 421 days ago

Most legs designed for this purpose have leveling feet on them.

But the link provided by Lee looks like a good option. If they are heavy duty enough they should work well. I know customers I have spoken with in the past don’t like the leg idea because they fear they might trip on the leg or they just are after that floating look. But I have also bid a job on a floating counter top that was placed on cleats and angle supports and the counter top ended up sagging in the front. I think the angle supports were spaced too far apart myself. I advised them I would only do the job if they used legs. They were set to hire me for the job but our shop schedule just would not allow for us to take on the job. I do hate turning away work. Oh well. I hope it works out great for you.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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