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Making progress ~ made a granite counter top template

So I originally was going the route of hiring out the work.  A laser template would of been easier.  But the 19 year old that showed up and wanted $600 to make it, just drove me to go old school.  Also dropped the cost of the Granite from approx $5k to under $2K.  Any way 10 hours later, I completed to scale within 1/8th inch one complete template with seam lines, etc.  yes I hated it.  However now within 3 weeks I should be able to check this project as completed.

Columbus, Ohio


  • dbCooperdbCooper Posts: 1,732
    Looking good jdMyers, been following your build.  All your hard work is coming together.
    LBGE, LBGE-PTR, 22" Weber, Coleman 413G
    Great Plains, USA
  • jdMyersjdMyers Posts: 1,307
    Thanks I appreciate ir.  Im excited about how its turning out being i have done 85% of the entire project my self.  Learned a lot and try to share the knowledge Ive gained with anyone taking one on to save them time and money. 
    Columbus, Ohio
  • SmolderSmolder Posts: 104
    Man, that's some nice work there. Definitely a labor of love. I love the view from the patio.
  • TN_EggerTN_Egger Posts: 1,120
    Very nice - save some $ and gain a sense of accomplishment!  Maybe add a turret and a couple shooting windows to fend off neighbors across the lake?  
    Signal Mountain, TN
  • speed51133speed51133 Posts: 691
    looks good. Are you buying whole slabs and cutting/polishing yourself on site?

    Do you have a large level, at least 6 feet? Try to spot any high/low spots. You can easily grind 
    XL BGE and Kamado Joe Jr.
  • jdMyersjdMyers Posts: 1,307
    Man thanks for the reply.  I have some help ref the granite.  I obtained the slabs.  I Got to work inside a friends warehouse which is helping a great deal.   I layed masking tape on the slab and then traced my templates. I have help with cutting and polishing.  Ref the stone.  I had a 3 inch drop across the 20 foot deep patio from house to fence.  I used a mortar mix to level the first row etc.  Grinded and leveled all the way up.  Top row for granite is as good as I can get it.  Flush mounted angle iron, cut trenches for all wires.  Install should be weds if it doesnt rain.  Im excited.  Never took on thisntype of work before

    Columbus, Ohio
  • jdMyersjdMyers Posts: 1,307
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