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Unread 10-10-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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reusing marble countertop

I'm a small DIYer with big dreams and zero knowledge. It's a good combination! My question is, can marble kitchen countertop be reused? We moved into a home with an old counter in the basement, 8ft x 16in, about 1.25 in thick. Can the marble be sliced in half, made into tiles and be used as a fireplace surround? This probably sounds weird, but I'd love to reuse the material if possible and that's the only thing the house needs. But I won't have enough if I can't slice the thickness in half and use both parts.

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Unread 10-10-2011, 05:07 PM   #2
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Heidi~ If you have a saw capable of it, there is no reason why you can't. Having said that, ALL the edges will be sharp an you should use a "stone" to polish them to an acceptable degree.............
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Unread 10-10-2011, 05:35 PM   #3
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Heidi, welcome to the Forum.

I'm not sure I understand what you are attempting to cut. Are you asking if you can slice the 1.25" thickness in half (changing it to 5/8" thickness) and use the top and bottom of the counter? Or cutting up the counter and keeping the 1.25" thickness?
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I think that's exactly what she's asking (cutting the thickness in half), and I think the answer is no, not with DIY grade equipment. Even if you could cut the slab into tile-sized pieces, you'd have to slice them (diamond bandsaw) and polish at least one surface, probably both. You could buy new material for much less than the cost of the supplies or labor if you had this done for you.

The only way this makes sense is if a) this was a very rare stone that must match other stone in the house, and b) you were doing an authentic restoration of a historically significant house.
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Bob, you've got it exactly right. And answered my question, but just to be sure, what I understand is that it's unlikely I could find a professional to take my counter, slice the thickness in half and make tiles (or smaller sizes anyway) for less than it would be to simply buy the material new. I suppose I was thinking I could get this cut as if it was wood and pay by the cut and then polish it myself. This marble isn't rare!

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granite or marble 12" tiles are from anywhere between 2-5 bucks apiece. Using the old stuff and cutting and polishing would be 10-20x the cost.
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