Dumped in my driveway were two very large dump trailers-full of
masonry and dirt. The debris came from a portion of
building that was tore down in town.
Of the huge amount of debris were salvaged 2 types of brick; all
were solid brick with the exception of about 100 figure 8
Cat pondering if the mirror ought to be placed as shown.
Below is a picture of the guy that made the walls
happen. Without him I would probably not have had any
mortar at all.
The stone shown below is very heavy. There's about 8 or 10 more
pieces but they are smaller than this one pictured. The chest
that this stone is resting upon is about 4foot in
length. It will be interesting to see what this rock
will polish to. I'd say that cut rock is about 120 pounds
or more (probably more). This will be the piece that
the seat will be cut from as one solid rectangle
slab. The seat will be 10 inches wide by 33 inches in
length. What's left over will join the rest of the rock and
be installed atop the walls as a capstone with overhang on both sides
of the wall to allow for more things to be safely stored on top of the
This is the stone. It looks small(ish) in the photos. The
largest piece sitting on the chest is 43 inches in length.
Since the seat for the shower area is only going to be 10 inches deep
and 33 inches long I only applied a preliminary cleaning to the area in
which will be installed (the left side of the rock).
This would be a super nice slab of rock if it had a high polish to it.
This shows the cut edges of the slab. However the BROKEN edges
look much better. I'd prefer to use a chisel but all the
diamond-tip chisels have left me a long time ago. The
saw-cut will have to do.
Since the captsones for the entirety of the walls is only 5 or 6 inches
wide (haven't made up my mind as to whether there should be one inch
overhang on both sides or a little more overhang), this should be
enough stone to cap it all.
The cap will allow more things to be stored atop the wall safely.
Although I can place a bucket on the wall without worrying about
it falling over now, a wider base would be more practical.
Although it doesn't look like much now, I think this capstone is going
to give a whole popping experience for the eyes when complete.
Now if I can only locate a saw that will cut this crap.
It's very dense hard rock (not like sandstone or pumise rock).
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