Hi. I wonder if anybody here might give me some direction to find more
info, or other advice. I am looking into putting a new deli counter in a
store. The counter is about 15 feet long, 3 1/2 ft deep, and about 40
inches high. I have a kind of small drawing of it here:
The blue and grey boxes represent refrigeration equipment. I thought that I
might be able to construct a frame out of 2x4's and plywood, and then just
set the equipment inside the counter. From the customer side, I will need a
decorative finish, and probably a stainless counter top. There will be a
glass sneeze guard mounted at the front of the counter. I thought I would
hire a professional to do the stuff that the customer will see.
This might be a dumb question, but what is the best way to figure out how to
construct such a frame? I could just dig in and start building, but I want
to be sure it is very strong. I suppose I could hire a carpenter to design
and build a frame, but I wanted to look into doing it myself first.
Any ideas? Thanks,
Be advised that there are a whole bunch of design/construction issues for
things in food-service areas.
You _can't_ just 'build something' and put it in.
Other kinds of construction get to deal with building codes. That's a
walk in the park, compared to dealing with the food-service/health
inspectors. They _really_ want to see 'NSF approved' stickers on everything.
If no sticker, then they'll fine-tooth things to check for 'NSF standards'
Subject to local 'silliness', if it ain't an honest-to-goodness butcher
block, it's about got to be stainless surfaces. _all_ surfaces that are
oriented towards the 'working' area -- the 'front' of the base (towards
the customer side, below the counter-line, _may_ not have to be stainless.
One can use wood 'structurally', but it ends up having to be completely
'wrapped' in stainless, with soldered/welded seams, for cleaning/sterilization
Thanks Robert. I'm very familiar with the codes in this state. Any exposed
wood surfaces under the counter like 2x4's would just have to be painted.
That would suffice. If I really had to, I could also put a formica laminate
over these surfaces, but it really shouldn't be needed. I was just trying
to get some ideas on ways to assure that the counter is stong and stable.
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