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Large cast iron vanity top?

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I have someone that wants a 73" cast iron (double sink) bathroom vanity top. I did a job for her and she likes the 43" one by Kohler (expressions?). Anyway, have any of you guys heard of one this big? I've checked with my vendor and he says the material is too soft for that size (not sure if I buy that?)
If not, any ideas of building a vanity cabinet with two smaller ones and something decorative in the middle. I'm just thinking out loud Thanks guys :)
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73" or 37"?
http://www.us.kohler.com/us/browse/b...z140xaZ1z13vg8

doesn't show anything like 73" - is this some antique thing?

too soft? curious. wonder how they do those bath tubs . . .
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73" or 37"?
too soft? curious. wonder how they do those bath tubs . . .
That was my first thought exactly.
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Cast iron? Bathroom? Water? Rust? Weight?
Too soft? Depends on the makeup of the iron.
Bath tubs are easy to cast when you realize foundries cast things much bigger and more complicated. U. S. Pipe and Foundry in Chattanooga made huge cast iron pipes for water and sewer applications plus fire hydrants. There are several ways to cast metals. Search for the "lost wax" process for one. Our local foundry used aluminum patterns to set the cavity of the mold for casting top and oven burners for gas ranges until Uncle Sam put it out of business in 1970, if I recall. Company would have had to pay over $500k for all the air pollution stuff. Figured it wasn't cost effective for the quantities they made.

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If you get really ambitious you could fabricate one with fiberglass..it's a LOT of work, but double..

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butt two together

Use two separate units and butt them together. Cast iron is not used in it's raw state, but enameled or Porcelain coated in an oven.

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Use two separate units and butt them together. Cast iron is not used in it's raw state, but enameled or Porcelain coated in an oven.
How would you deal with the seam? Any ideas?

Thanks to all for the replies. I will show her the Brockway sink ideas and see what she thinks. It seems there are no "normal" 6 foot double vanity sinks made out of cast iron? The largest Kohler makes is 49".
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