Chipped beef or Granite?

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Blog entry by Tim Dahn posted 03-20-2009 03:45 AM 2713 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you own or purchase a granite top saw or other tool, it’s bound to happen…..the “DREADED CHIP”.

Here’s how I repaired the chip, it worked great!. First clean out the chip, make sure all the loose material is removed.

Next, isolate the area, I covered it with electrical tape and cut out the chipped area.

Mix up some epoxy, I recommend 30 minute because, well, um…it’s what I had on hand.

I over filled the divot, let it dry then sliced off the top.

I did the epoxy step again to fill in some low spots.

Using a sanding block and 400 grit I wet sanded it level then switched to 1500 grit and polished it out. I tried to be a little careful with the 400 grit but it didn’t seem to scratch the granite.

It actually shows up more in the pictures, I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I doubt any one could pick the spot out if they did not know it was there. Hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does give this a try.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 03-20-2009 04:06 AM

hmmm.. nice process. I don’t plan on any granite tools but I do have a black granite countertop. No chips yet but if I ever do I’ll know what to do with it. Thanks.

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#2 posted 03-20-2009 05:40 AM

Thanks for the info. Like Daniel all my granite is in the kitchen in need of minor repair.


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#3 posted 03-20-2009 05:44 AM

Thanks for the post.
I don’t believe any Granite tools here. Granite is not magnetic and it is too fragile.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 03-20-2009 05:44 AM

So this brings up the question. What did you do to cause the piece to chip out? I guess this won’t happen on a cast iron top.

So is this a granite defect or one of the by-products of being on the leading edge of new tools.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 03-20-2009 06:25 AM

its too perfect to be granite?

I’m guessing its man made quartz, often referred to as granite

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 03-20-2009 12:09 PM

Karson-The chip out happened when I was leveling the table extension after noticing it was just a little low. It’s held on with three bolts, I loosened them before trying to adjust but apparently not enough.

John- There is a plus and minus side to both cast iron and granite, breakage was a concern but I feel better about it now.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#7 posted 03-20-2009 12:32 PM

I think granite belongs in the kitchen and not on tools. I might be ok in a heated shop but how many of us have a heated shop or keep it heated enough to prevent this from happening? Very good post on the fix though.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 04-03-2009 09:00 PM

cabinetmaster – I fail to see the correlation between granite material chipping off (because of specific force that was put on it) and shop being heated or not?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 04-12-2009 12:07 AM

Update: This weekend I went to a home and garden show. I stopped by the granite counter top display and inquired how the would repair a chip. The professional’s way is pretty much the same as what I did with one exception. If you have the piece that chipped off, you can crush it, and add it to the the epoxy filler. They also have glued the chip back on with super glue then fill the crack around the edge.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#10 posted 04-16-2009 06:37 PM

Timbo—great tip on the repair. I recently bought the R4511 from Ridgid, and wondered. I think you mentioned elsewhere that you’re replacing the front rail with a 6 foot piece of square tubing; I’d love to see a picture and know where you purchased the tubing.

Roman—I don’t think it’s man-made quartz. The right wing on my saw appears to be from a different quarry, based on color, and shows veins/inclusions.

-- Now, where did I put those bandaids?

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#11 posted 04-16-2009 06:56 PM

Another reason to stay away from Hybrid saws, too much hype.

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#12 posted 04-19-2009 02:19 PM

Glassyeyes- There is a pic of it in my work shop. I replaced the front and rear rail, it was pretty simple to do. Very happy with the results, also added adhesive backed uhmw tape to the top of the rear rail and now it glides ever so smoothly.
Woodchuck- .....?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#13 posted 04-19-2009 03:15 PM

Sorry Timbo, I guess I need to explain. I’ve had a Contractors saw that I bought new in 1995. When the Hybrids first came out there was alot of hype over them, and then some Contractor’s saw bashing to go with it. I guess my feeling is that there isn’t much of an upgrade if any in some cases going from a Contractor’s saw to a Hybrid. Infact there doesn’t really seem to be a standard that determines what a Hybrid is other than a closed cabinet, some have table mounted trunions, and some have cabinet mounted trunions, now the granite tops are thrown into the equation. When looking to buy a Hybrid a person really needs to do some homework. If your proud of your saw and it works good for you thats all that matters. Once again I apologize for not explaining my earlier remark, enjoy your saw.

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