Kitchen Design/Remodeling/Raised Bar

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I'm stuck.  I'm trying to build/create ... a raised bar using tile instead of granite.  I have the pony wall built already which is about 8 higher than the counter top.  I'd like to NOT have an overhang on the counter side, but from what I'm seeing a 1 1/2 to 2 inch seems to be the norm.  I wouldn't mind having the bar side over hand equal 10-11 inches, I'm just concerned about the strength of the counter.  Right now it's pretty wiggly and I don't want that. Do I need to increase the width of the wood to 3/4"? What can I do to make it secure without adding legs?

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Shai,
You do not need to have an overhang on the inside if you do not want to. I assume you will be running the tile down the wall/splash?

Regarding the overhang, typical overhang is between 12-18", but you must support it with either an L-bracket that is bolted/screwed to the outside wall and supporting the bottom of the plywood, or, a thicker (1/4" to 5/16") bar stock strap 2" x 12" screwed to the top of your pony wall and the bottom of your plywood notched out, or, use corbels (they make decorative ones) to support the plywood. These three options are in place of legs that go down to the floor.

Best regards,

Torin Dixon

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All questions regarding fabrication and installation of natural stone tile and slab countertops, flooring, backsplash. All questions related to cleaning, sealing and stain removal of natural stone surfaces. All questions on importing process and selection of natural stone slabs and pricing issues. Granite, Marble, Limestone, Slate, Travertine, Onyx, Tile, Quartz countertops, Silestone, Eco Cannot answer questions on cabinet construction

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Expert in traditional hand methods of natural stone fabrication. Expert in modern manufacturing techniques using latest machinery and equipment. Consultant of shop layout, design, and workflow analysis. Consultant of job costing, pricing structures, bidding processes of natural stone fabrication manufacturing. Expert in specifying stone maintenance cleaners and sealers Expert in stone restoration, stain removal and damage repair.

Organizations
Former Vice Chairman of the Missoula Design Review Board advisory committee to the City of Missoula, Montana City Council National Association of Home Builders member Missoula Building Industry Association member Billings Home Builders Association member Bitterroot Building Association member Marble Institute of America member President-Tyler Boshae Foundation President-Club Twitch

Publications
Slippery Rock Gazette -Dimensional Stone Trade Magazine http://72.243.221.11/site/archive_Issues/0211/articles/16_1.html

Education/Credentials
Journeyman Marble Mason, Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen, Los Angeles, CA 1978

Awards and Honors
Numerous Parade of Homes winner as fabricator and installation contractor of granite and stone countertops and backsplash

Past/Present Clients
Thousands of residential and commercial clients from simple bathroom countertops in private homes to granite exterior cladding on high-rise buildings over a 34 year career.

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