Corbels for Kitchen Island

Another project from several years ago.  

The kitchen island in our new house is large - about 4 x 12 ft. The overhanging part of the countertop was not correctly supported. Specs say that an overhang greater than 14" must be supported; this is 21." The industry spec says it must be supported at least 12" from the mounting surface. The corbels installed by the builder were decorative only and protruded about only 6" - actually crap that supported nothing. The countertop seemed to droop about 1/16  - 1/8" across the 21" - splashed water ran across and off the edge. Something had to be done, but the solutions from the builder (Patrick Malloy Homes) were a joke.
After looking extensively, it became evident that wood corbels could not be fastened solidly enough to support that weight. I finally found steel supports that are 1/2" thick, 2" wide and extend 12" - the rated load is 125 pounds each. Made the builder install them, removing drywall down to the studs.
To cover the really ugly steel brackets, I designed and made corbels of poplar 4" thick with 14" protrusion. Then routed the back to accommodate and hide the steel.  The result turned out nicely.
 These are the brackets I used:

Carey Mitchell

A nice workable solution.   Well done


nice cover up for what the builder should have done properly in the first place. i wonder how many other homes they did that wern't done correctly ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

There are 948 homes in our retirement community.  I'm betting most were done this way.  If this were the worst item on the list, I would be happy, but this was far down the list.  Our second night, Wanda screamed and the shower was backing up.  I went outside to a cleanout beside the foundation, screwed off the plug and encountered a geyser.  Next morning, as I left to go to our old home for the final walkthrough with the new owner, a backhoe was digging up the newly planted lawn and shrubs, as my wife stood crying.  When I returned, the builder's guy showed me a section of PVC sewer pipe.  It was clogged with a beer can and a 2 foot piece of 2 x 4.  actually, we were shortchanged, as the next door neighbor got 6 beer cans and a piece of 2x4.  A couple of other home were also sabotaged.  And it went downhill from there.  

Carey Mitchell


Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nice way to get a decorative and functional solution.