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Old 08-03-2011, 06:10 PM   #1
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My DIY Slate Structure! w/pics

Just started my structure a couple days ago. Here is a pic about midway through!

Sorry about the poor pic. it's from a camera phone!
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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Those look awesome! We did the same sorta thing with some round stones and then put one large flat piece over the top so they have something to hide under!
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:16 PM   #3
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yeah I'm planning to put a flat surface over the top and then building a small cave on top of the platform. The only thing I'm worried about is the integrity of the legs. I'm trying to figure out some way to reinforce them.
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That's going to be really nice, Flash. Keep the photos coming!
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Legs look pretty strong built with flat stone should hold pretty good if you rammed the silicone to it
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:35 PM   #6
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very cool, can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:13 AM   #7
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I've been pondering ideas for the same sort of thing. Where did you come up with so many slate rocks? The LFS charges $2-$3 a pound depending on the color. and I don't want to spend $40-50 on something that I will be making myself.
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We go to the local landscaping store. We've gotten slate, rose quartz, etc for a fraction of the cost.
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Like Tracie, I too went to my local landscaping place. They usually only do yards, half yards, and the like but I told them I only needed a small amount for a DIY project and they let me take out a bag and shovel. I filled a whole paper grocery bag for $5. Needless to say I have a TON of leftover rock that I can build with =]

What you see in the picture is about 1/10th of the total amount of rock I got. Maybe less than that. However, when you do this be mindful that these places sell the rock to be used outdoors so they are VERY VERY dirty as they have no reason to clean them.
I washed the rock you see there for about an hour, boiled them, and washed them with vinegar and I still notice some dust/dirt particles on the white paper towel underneath.

The rock that I got is called SlateScape at the local store. It's also called Slate Chippings, Slate Aggregate, or Crushed Slate. I couldn't find any at our local Lowes or Home Depot, but a lot of members on AA have gotten their slate from those types of places. Most of what I found though was slate flooring which can have additives.


EDIT: Tomorrow (Technically later today after I sleep and get out of work) I should have a picture of the 75% completed structure.
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Oh boy! I can hardly wait to see it!
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