How We Fabricate Our Stone Countertops in Our Auburn Hills Facility
We often get asked "How can you cut and shape stone? It seems very difficult to work with!"
Well, you're right! It takes special tools and special skill. It also takes quite a bit of time whether it is automated or not. This is why custom work is not much more expensive than factory-made pieces (except of course for very complex sculpture). Stone takes quite a bit of time to cut in the factory also, and will seldom fit perfectly in your environment. Take a look at the pictures below to get an idea.
It all starts out this way: Slabs of stone arrive at our workshop from quarries around the world that mine the color, pattern and type required.
Next, we make a wooden template or pattern that precisely fits the contour of the cabinet.
Then, we place the slab on the work table, clean it, mark it, and get it ready for the template.
Once everything is in place, cleaned up and marked, we get ready to cut!
Note: The edge of this slab of granite has already had a dogleg cut in it by this HEAVY DUTY, router. And yes, he is wearing an apron to protect his clothing from the water used to cool and lubricate the cutter.
The final step: Using a disc sander with water for cooling and dust control, the edges of this countertop are rounded and polished.