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applied for matching Oak finished in a clear

varnish.

Choosing the Correct Size

It is important to find the correct size when

supporting a counter or a shelf

. When

supporting a countertop, the corbel’s depth

must be no less than 1/2 the depth of the

overhang. When supporting a shelf or

mantel, the corbel or bracket should have a

depth of about 70% of the depth of the

counter to ensure proper support. When

incorporating corbels into your home for

purely decorative reasons, choosing the

correct sized corbel is based upon the

proportions of the surface you're working

with, as well as the physical details of the

corbel itself.

If you intend to place the corbel above the

fluting of a pilaster

, the key dimension you

are working with is the width of the corbel.

The corbel should measure as wide, though

no wider than 1/2 inch of the pilaster.

If you intend to place the corbel underneath

a structural beam

, the key dimension you

are focused on is the width of the corbel. The

corbel's width should measure as wide as the

width of the beam, or no smaller than 1/4

inch of the width of the beam.

If you intend to place the corbel beneath a

countertop

, the key dimension you are

focused on is the depth of the corbel. The

same rule applies when using the corbel as

means of support: the corbel should

measure at least 1/2 of the depth of the

countertop's overhang; or more preferably,

exactly 3/4 of the depth of the overhang.

If you intend to place the corbels inside a

door opening or entryway

, the key

dimensions you are working with is width.

The corbels' widths should measure the

same as the width of the doorway. They

should never measure smaller than 2 inches

of the doorway's width, with 1 inch on either

side. Also, special consideration should be

given to the sides of the corbel, since the

carved details will face outwards. The carved

details will be the first glimpse of the corbels

one sees when passing through the doorway.

If you intend to place the corbels on either

side of a kitchen's stove hood

, you are

working with both dimensions of width and

depth. The corbel should be rather large; at

least 12 inches deep. If cabinets will be

butting against the corbel, the sides of the

corbel should be flat, so it will be flush with

the cabinets.