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RottedRoots
Marshfield, MA

August 25, 2010
6:11 PM

Post #8062124

The sink cutouts will make fine round steppers and the square and rectanular are going to replace some flagstone just because I don't wanna buy more flag stone. Just in case you did not know, BUYING stone can cost a fortune.

Also note that the polished side of the stones are slicker than slugs on glass so you might want to sand them a bit or sumpin. It sould still bring out some nice color but you won't break your noggin!!!!

The nicest piece I picked up today has a great green coloring which you can see and that is NOT the polished side. The round sink cutouts will work well as will the rectangular pieces. Some of the stuff in 4X4 ft or even bigger if you have a use for it...

PS... I only have a few out in the yard but have a BIG stack to work with. I am still wondering if anything but the marble will let me work the edges with a chisel.

Just wanted to share..

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RottedRoots
Marshfield, MA

August 25, 2010
6:15 PM

Post #8062141

Pic number two of todays picking in the rain. Boy someone with imgination could do wonders with these. Anyone think the long one could be made into a bench or would it just crack in the middle. I'm thinking on humping a couple of 6 footers and stacking them over some supports in the woodland..

PS... I love free stuff.

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the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 26, 2010
12:27 AM

Post #8062687

Good score! I've gotten remnants from the counter place down the road, but they're usually just uneven strips and triangles, never any nice round ones like those. I have some around my frog pond.

Maybe the long one would hold up as a bench if you put a center support under there?
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 26, 2010
1:20 AM

Post #8062727

Good score, indeed !
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 26, 2010
6:11 AM

Post #8062958

SWEET,
I would never had thought of this ...were these Free
Thanks for more ideas

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mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 27, 2010
4:18 PM

Post #8065898

Where on earth did you find marble sink cutouts???
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 27, 2010
4:21 PM

Post #8065909

WOW! Boy would I love playing with those.
RottedRoots
Marshfield, MA

August 28, 2010
9:30 AM

Post #8066981

The sink cut outs and other marble and granite scraps are really very easy to hunt down!!! Just go to any local shop that cuts their own and they have piles of the stuff and have no way to get rid of it.

If you do use them for stepping stones be VERY careful as they are very slick when wet. Some of them have great grain and color on the unpolished side which is what I look for. The green one in one of the pics has a GREAT unpolished side.

Frankly I don't even know what i'm gonna do with them at this point. I'm still trying to build up a stock of soapstone from the same places. It looks better than slate and is not as slick...

Let me know what you guys/gals would do with them??? Once again my wife thinks I'm whacked even bringing the "crap" home as she so crudely puts it. Hah.. Women!!!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2010
2:47 PM

Post #8067384

Now, now... RottedWood, many of us on these threads are women and are JUST as crazy about this stuff as you!
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2010
2:54 PM

Post #8067390

Some I would use for stepping stones after spraying on something to make it less slippery. I would just set them in my garden as a novelty. I would make a bench with whatever pieces I could get. Just wish I knew how to get hold of them. I cannot think of anyplace like that around here. I live in Bolingbrook, Illinois so if anybody is near me and has an idea, speak up ! !
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 28, 2010
4:50 PM

Post #8067549

Mableruth, look in the phone book for someplace that does custom kitchen / bathroom counter tops.

And yeah, RR... what psychw2 said. You're surrounded. :p
RB22
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 31, 2010
9:58 PM

Post #8073911

Ok... you asked for ideas.. here goes.

The long piece: I would use rocks to create a short wall then top it with the long piece of granite.

Is there a way to chip the granite... maybe with a chisel or even a rotozip/dremel tool... if you made some cuts to pull away water add some sort of texture? Do you think that might work? or even just a hammer to get some small pieces off and rough the surface up some.

also for the rounds... I think some of them would look very nice as plant tables... just add legs.

They could also be used as small side tables... shorter legs.

Please post pics when you do decide what they will become.
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2010
5:31 AM

Post #8074167

Thank you

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 1, 2010
10:23 AM

Post #8074673

Great idea!!!
gingerlily
Paxton, FL
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2010
1:59 PM

Post #8076851

Thanks for the idea, new place to look for freebies.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 2, 2010
4:06 PM

Post #8077069

If you have any tree stumps, you could top them with the round cutouts for elegant seating in the middle of the woods. I would probably have someone cut me some logs to a good seating height and have them in my yard.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2013
2:25 PM

Post #9379326

What I did with scrap granite
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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2013
8:42 PM

Post #9379694

NICE!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2013
9:06 PM

Post #9379707

Really turned out beautiful!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 10, 2013
10:18 AM

Post #9381015

Nice, dahtzu! I love paths or spaces with lots of different pieces.

I've use granite chunks as labels for plants with great success. They don't shift or move, are easy enough to get and even the deer don't bother them.

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CountryRefuge
Grinnell, IA

January 11, 2013
11:16 AM

Post #9382084

Hi. I am on facebook and all kinds of amazing pictures can pass through your news feed daily. I wanted to share this picture with you--I still am in awe at the imagination some people have! This is labeled as a 100% recycled materials pathway.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2013
11:57 AM

Post #9382136

It's beautiful.

I saw this one, somewhere on line, and just love it.

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hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2013
12:59 PM

Post #9382191

I love all this stuff. You know you can buy course sand and put some Urethan over your stone and mix the sand in it over the slippery stones, there is some outside stuff for concrete but I don't know the name of the clear one. That would work.

I would make a mosaic wall over some T 1 11 siding and attach it to the side of my cargo container or in front of it and put a rustic object in front of it and make a fountain in front of it or incorporate it into the mosaic.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

January 11, 2013
3:01 PM

Post #9382253

Great ideas, will now be on the hunt!!

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2013
8:13 PM

Post #9382452

What great ideas!! Just can't keep up with all treasures you all make from what most people call "junk". I've got a lot of junk waiting to be created into something for the garden.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 12, 2013
10:16 AM

Post #9382801

Pirl, I wonder how much of that walk was "painted" by the designer or whether it was all found and not enchanced with additional color. It is so beautiful!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2013
10:41 AM

Post #9382813

I have no idea. I saw it and wanted to do it but a dear friend said it would be more work than eliminating the Houttuynia and that took years. I think this project would just be a week or two...and an aching back. It's sort of like a jigsaw puzzle without a photo to help figure it out.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 12, 2013
10:53 AM

Post #9382818

I agree Arlene /pirl. It would be like a jigsaw puzzle but I think the bigger issues is COLLECTING all that pretty rock and supplies. I'll have to look up Houttuynia, I'm clueless what this is!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2013
10:56 AM

Post #9382820

It's a weed you really don't want. Check it out on PlantFiles.

Collecting the stones would be fun...for the first hour! I have a collection of black ones but would be searching the shores out here for the others.

My home computer is behaving badly and I can't use it so I'll return on Monday.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 12, 2013
12:40 PM

Post #9382879

I did a rock border that I cemented into a "mow curb" so I know how the collecting can go. I sure didn't have all those rocks easily at my disposal

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