Originally Posted by CBrown85
What are folks thoughts on just buying a marble slab from somewhere and attaching it to basic legs? We have a space for a pretty large table in our dining area (6-9 people?) and I'm not that interested in "harvest tables" which seem to be both popular and the only thing I can find in the size I'm looking for. I like the look and richness of white marble but have no idea what sort of maintenance it needs...
We have a ~6 mon old boy, which means he'll be walking and spilling soon. Is it not worth the headache? Get a stopgap shitty table until he's older? As of right now we have this small inherited oak abomination that goes with nothing and looks completely out of place.
First, you can't really attach legs to marble especially large pieces of marble. You typically have to attach the marble to some sort of frame and then attache the legs to the frame. Marble is pretty fragile and large, unsupported slabs can crack under their own weight. Having said that, you can buy table frames that allow you to drop in whatever glass or stone surface you want.
Second, the price of clean pieces of marble goes up pretty steeply with size as does the cutting. So depending on the exact dimensions, the marble itself can get pretty expensive pretty quick.
Originally Posted by gomestar
we took a marble slap and threw it on top of an idea side table. Works great!
note: marble is not lightweight, so make sure the legs can support it.
I have done things like this and, you're right, with a little ingenuity, it can look great. It can also be incredibly inexpensive, especially for small areas.