Helping Your Customers Help You?

How often have you had a customer come into your shop and start asking you all kinds of questions about granite. Many times they are misinformed and have been giving false information. If only you had something in writing that you could give them to help clear up this confusion. The following is a brief

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It All Starts with the Template

Whether you’re fabricating granite, stone or engineered materials, the outcome of the job all depends on the template. If the template is wrong, the whole job is going to go wrong. It might not fit, tops maybe too short or too long. The following are two checklists that I have developed that I go over

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The Most Important Piece of Equipment in your Shop

I am often asked what is the most important piece of equipment in a shop. Is it the CNC, a line machine, or hand tools. The answer is simple; it’s your saw. Without it you couldn’t move to the next step in the fabrication process. There are many types of saws, ranging from small handsaws

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A Guide to Selecting Slabs

Today there are so many slab distributors, not to mention the huge selection of slabs available. All too often I hear nightmare stories about slabs that are flawed and cannot be used. Hopefully the following guide will help avoid these problems.  Size All other things equal (finish, consistency, and imperfections), size becomes very important. It

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Building Selection for Your New or Moved Shop

Whether you’re starting a new shop or moving the old building selection is critical for the operation of a successful stone fabrication facility. The wrong building can cause production delays not to mention major expense if the proper requirements are not in place in a particular building. The following is a breakdown of the key

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Nanotechnology Products—Are they real or is it all hype?

The stone and solid surface industry is starting to be bombarded with what manufactures claim is a breakthrough in chemistry. This breakthrough is nanotechnology, or is it? With a background in chemistry, I decided to delve head first into these claims and see if these products are for real, or is it just another marketing

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Under Mount Vanity Sink: Cutout and finish in under an hour

The most time-consuming process in most fabrication shops is sink cut-outs. Most fabricators dread the task of cutting out an under mount sink and then finishing the cutout. Of course, if you have a CNC, Water Jet or any other sink cut out machine the job is much easier. However, there are thousands of fabricators

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The Perfect Seam

The latest buzz in the stone fabrication industry is a technique called seam polishing.  Some fabricators are offering there customers a tight smooth seam by grinding the seam down and polishing it to a factory finish. This makes for a smooth seam when you run your hand across it.  Great idea, isn’t it?  Maybe not.

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Templating Basics

Ask any stone fabricator which is the most important step in the fabrication process and you will get answers ranging from cutting the stone, selecting the stone to any number of steps within the fabrication process. The most important step is constructing the proper template. The reason for this is simple. If your template is

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Lamination Procedure for Natural and Engineered Stone

The next time you look at a finished countertop of stone or engineered stone, take a close look at the lamination. Most laminations that I see are wide, jagged and stick out like a sore thumb. My laminations are so tight that in many cases you cannot see the fine line. How do I get

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