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Unread 10-14-2008, 02:36 PM   #1
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Hi all!

It's been awhile since I posted on here. I was the guy thinking about moving to TX and starting my own company. Well, here I am!

It's been an eye opener seeing how many aspects of this trade are different around here, one of them being the lack of availability and choice of corner shelves. I was just checking out the thread in the liberry about building custom shelves. I just did a travertine shower where I built two corner shelves similar to what was shown in the demo.

Here's my questions:

1. Using a 1/2" thick stone, do most of you just polish the bottom or sandwich 2 pieces together? I sandwiched 2 pieces just to err on the safe side, but I'll admit it looked a little bulky.

2. Would sandwiching 2 pieces together be strong enough for a corner seat? I'm guessing granite would be fine, but travertine and marble concerns me a little.

Sharing your thoughts and experiences would be most appreciated.

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Unread 10-14-2008, 02:52 PM   #2
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i only use the better bench corner seat for shower seats, as far as shelves I haven't put a shelf in a hsower in years they all get the preformed niches which are recessed.
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Unread 10-14-2008, 05:10 PM   #3
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when I install corner shelves, I get the travertine ones pre-fab from mosaic Tile....they are about 2cm polished on both sides, with round or rope edge. Cost= 12$ a piece. Sorry i can't make em for that price.
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Unread 10-14-2008, 07:11 PM   #4
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The problem in these parts is that the selection of pre-made benches and shelves is very limited, unless there's a supply house hiding that I haven't found yet. Therefore I have to look for more creative solutions...
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Unread 10-14-2008, 07:50 PM   #5
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You tellin' us you can't find suppliers there, just up the road from the People's Republic of Austin?

Naaaa, say it ain't so.

And not but a stone's throw inna other direction is a fella quite knowledgeable about stones. That'll be our very good friend John VanCamp (jvcstone). Granted, John is inna bidness of buyin' grat big ol' stones and chippin'em into smaller pieces, but he might know some folks who deal in the sort of trinkets you're interested in.

You ping ol' John and I bet you git some sources.

Another source yonder in Austin would be another of our friends, Jason Butler. We don't hear from Jason much these days, but last I knew he was still setting tile at least part time. Might share some sources with you.

Worst case, git you some scraps from John and make your own shelves. John's a real nice fella and I bet he'd show you how. First one might be bigger than your shower, but you can scale it down once you learn the basics, eh?

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 10-14-2008, 08:39 PM   #6
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Thanks CX, I'll see what those fellas know.

I'll admit though, one nice thing about making your own shelves is you can use the same stone that's going on the walls instead of settling for something close.
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Unread 10-14-2008, 08:55 PM   #7
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Talk to John VanCamp long enough and you'll learn how to make the whole shower outa the same stone, Brad.

Not the same kind of stone, the same stone.
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Unread 10-15-2008, 06:27 AM   #8
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For small shelves I just leave the bottom side unfinished. Doesn't look bad at all.
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Unread 10-15-2008, 01:06 PM   #9
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Unread 10-15-2008, 08:20 PM   #10
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I order all of those shelves.....just about any flooring store can get em....nothing available locally here either. Sometimes I make them outta marble too
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