Friday, March 17, 2006

Houston, The Marble Has Landed

And it ain’t goin’ no place for a long time. That slab weighs a freakin’ ton. Fortunately I built the island so you could park a car on top of it and it seems to be holding up well. Enough of the words, though, let’s get to the pictures! I shot several angles so we could all marvel at it’s innate beauty.







Hmmm, really, the pictures don't do it justice.

And thanks to Gregg from West Ave East Town and his insightful observations of my sample edge work from yesterday’s post the chipping problem has been resolved. If I tried to get a hard 90 degree edge on the first fraction of an inch it chips the edge. However, if it is a round-over to start with it does not chip. Even the smallest little bit of a round-over prevents chipping. This means I can go back to the Ogee (actually, I miswrote earlier, it is called a “wavy edge”) like I wanted in the first place. This is good because it will be a close match to the other counters in the kitchen.

The guy at the place where I bought the slab gave me some pretty good sized scrap pieces so I can do more practicing before I put router to marble. Now all I need is the sink and I’ll be in business.

No Chipping!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your island is a thing of beauty!!!

Jocelyn said...

I am happy for you but I wish I had that marble myself too!

Jenny said...

Love your site! It is very informative and helpful. (My husband and I are on year #7 of our houses restoration. Aarggh!) Is that an old magic chef stove next to your wood burning stove? Do you ever use your wood burning stove for cooking?

Patricia W said...

Simply splendid!

Joan said...

Just lovely! For some reason I feel some personal satisfaction about it, even though I had nothing to do with it.

Greg said...

Thank you all for the comments. I couldn’t be happier with it. Now I just wish that damn sink would get here so I could finish it.

Jenny,

Good eye. Yes that is an old Magic Chef. I bought it 4 or 5 years ago and it works great. Amazingly it has never had an restoration work done on it. I haven’t fired up the big cast iron wood stove yet because the chimneys only go up in to the attic at this point due to earthquake damage. It is lined with stainless steel but I still need to do the last 12 feet or. It’s on the list.

burrito said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Suzanne said...

Greg, your counter, no - you're whole kitchen is a thing of beauty. Congratulations!

Kristin said...

Lovely! Congratulations!

purejuice said...

i saw these pictures of the mother ship having landed perfectly on the island, and said "aw dude!" out loud. it looks great.