Monday, March 13, 2006

We’re In The Marble, We’re In The marble

I got lucky today. I called a place in town called Granite Fab to ask about marble. They do custom granite counter tops and stuff. They just happen to have one piece of White Carrara Marble on hand. It was left over from another job. If they hadn’t had it on-hand they could have gotten from their supplier in The Bay Area (350 miles away) but that would have cost extra. As it is he is selling it to me at cost.

It is not as thick as I would have liked but it will do nicely. Sometimes you see stuff that is like inch and a quarter thick. This stuff is only three-quarters of an inch thick. The one problem with it is you have to be careful moving it because it can snap in the middle if you’re not careful.

They had a sheet of it that was about 4X8 feet and he is going to cut me out a piece that is 40X68 inches and finish the edges. With the cost of the 2 cuts and smoothing the edges the be price will be $350.00. I can totally live with that. I will then use my router to put a ogee detail on the edge, and I will have to cut a hole for the sink and faucet. I feel pretty good about doing this myself. I think I will rent a diamond hole saw for the faucet. The sink hole I can cut with a diamond jigsaw blade and then put the ogee on with the carbide router bit. It will be a little nerve wracking, but I think I can do it.

In other news, there will be some delayed gratification before I can complete all this because I found out this week that both the sink and the face plate for the switch and outlet are on back-order. The sink could be 4 weeks out. Not much I can do about it.


HomeImprovementNinja said...

I would practice your routing on the scrap marble that is left over after the cuts. I don't think I've ever seen anyone router a piece a marble. I know you have some serious router skillz with wood and I am not saying that it's not possible, just that I've never seen it, so it may be trickier than routing wood.

Gary said...


You got lucky? You stud, you!

John said...

Sweet. Michelangelo grade marble. It doesn't get any better than that. Congratulations!

K said...

Awesome! Though all that cutting sounds terrifying! But if anyone can do it, you can.

Becky said...

You can do it!

We did our counter tops and we are not nearly as talented as you.

Congrads on another great find. As my mother always says good things come to those who are patient.