J Walsh Construction just finished constructing and installing the reception area for Grinder Gym on Morena Blvd. The cabinets are customized to the gym owner’s needs and solidly built from red birch plywood.
3 separate cabinet cases were built to create an L-shaped entry area for the receptionist and membership staff. The red birch plywood was cut and assembled to precise measurements in order to create a series of compartments which will soon receive custom cabinet drawers. The gym owner selected a dark red mahogany finish which J Walsh Construction expertly applied to give the cabinets a rich, executive look.
An acetone-based non-grain raising stain was used for superior color tone and a catalyzed lacquer for a durable and attractive finish. All cabinet parts were sized, cut and numbered in less than half a day and the finish was applied to the individual pieces before assembly since the deep compartments and narrow dividers would have made a high-quality finish nearly impossible.
After assembly JWC transported the cases to Grinder Gym and began installation. The gym members and staff watched excitedly as the reception area became defined. Gym owner Dave DePew was proudest of all, saying, “I’m absolutely ecstatic over the work Jon and his team did for my gym. Jon took the time to understand my vision and masterfully turned that vision into a reality.” Dave and his “Grinders” are committed, hard-working fitness buffs with customized workout programs and now they have a custom cabinet and countertop to match.
In fact, you can see them here, at: http://www.grindergym.com
Once the cabinets were properly secured J Walsh created a series of forms to shape the 3 1/2″ thick concrete countertop. Tar paper was used to keep water from damaging the cabinets during curing and set a grid of reinforcing steel. On the day of the pour Davis Color’s “Graphite” powder was added to the mix and custom concrete quickly filled up the forms. Some fancy screed work, floating and hard steel troweling gave the concrete a top-quality finish and after a few days drying time the guys “locked it in” with lacquer sealer to create that “Million-Dollar” shine!