Granite tables and counter tops offer an outstanding amount of durability. Granite is a strong, dense stone that holds up extremely well to abuse, and heat. Many people prefer granite counter and table tops in the kitchen because they can take hot pots or pans off of the stove and set them directly on the granite. Any synthetic counter top would be ruined after this. Granite tables are often made from slabs of granite. Buying granite can be expensive although it's possible to find great deals on large pieces of granite that were not cut exactly right for previous projects.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- 4 Oak boards, 4x4 30-inches long
- 2 Oak boards, 2x6 26-inches long
- Screw gun
- Drill bit, 3/32-inch
- Counter sinker, 3/8-inch
- 2 Oak boards, 2x6 30-inches long
- 2 Oak boards, 1x5 30-inches long
- Oak board, 1x5 28-inches long
- 36 Wood screws, 3-inch
- Wood putty
- Orbital sander
- Sand paper, medium grade, fine grade
- Tack cloth
- Wood stain
- Granite Slab, 2-inch thick, 50-by-50-inch
Lay your 30-inch 4x4 boards horizontal and parallel, so the outside edges are 30 inches apart. Lay your 26-inch board flat across the 30-inch boards so the 26-inch edge of the 2x6 board is flush with the 4x4 ends of the 30-inch boards. Both ends of the 26-inch boards should be 2 inches away from the outer 30-inch edges of the 4x4 boards. Pre-drill three 3/32-inch holes 3/4-inches from the very ends of the 26-inch board. Drill a ¼-inch deep 3/8-inch hole into each 3/32-inch hole to make a spot for the screw heads. Repeat these drilling procedures for every screw application in this project. Screw the 26-inch board to the 30-inch boards by screwing through the counter sunk holes. The screws should be 3/4-inches off centre of the 30-inch board, 1 1/4-inch from one side, and 2 3/4-inches from the other side. Repeat this process with the last two 30-inch 4x4 boards, and the last 26-inch board. These 30-inch boards are your legs for your granite table.
Stand both pairs of legs upright so the 26-inch boards are parallel and 26 inches apart. Screw both of your 30-inch 2x6 board perpendicularly to the ends of the 26-inch boards. There should be one 2-by-6 board on both sides of the table, in between the 4-by-4 legs. You should be screwing through the 2-by-6-by-30-inch board, 1-inch from the ends, and into the ends of the 26-inch boards. The screws should be parallel with the grain of the 26-inch boards.
Screw your two 1x5 30-inch boards to the 4x4 boards so that each is parallel with the 30-inch 2x6 board, and 20 inches below the 2x6 boards on both sides.
Screw your 28-inch board perpendicularly to the 15-inch centre of the 30-inch 1x5 boards. The 28-inch board will be between both 1x5 30-inch boards, and will add stability to your table. Apply your wood putty in all of the holes surrounding the screw heads. Let the putty dry according to instructions.
Sand down the entire project with medium grade sand paper, and then with fine sand paper. Wipe your project down with a tack cloth, and apply the wood stain. After your project dries, move it to the location where you would prefer your table.
Lift your granite slab on top of the table frame. You will likely need a few people to help you lift the slab since it can weigh over a couple hundred pounds. Once the table is in place, it will be very sturdy, long lasting, and easy to clean.
Tips and warnings
- Always use proper lifting techniques when lifting heavy objects.
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