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Unread 01-03-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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Modifying Silestone cutout

DIY here and looking for some advice.

My kitchen countertop is 2cm thick Silestone. It is cut for a slide-in range with a cutout of 29.75" wide by 23" deep. The cupboards underneath are set 30" apart.

I need to replace the range (broken) and it seems most slide-in ranges now require a full 30" cutout.

Does anyone think it's possible for me to sand off 1/8" from each edge?

I figure this is safer than trying to cut it off (worried about chipping)..even if it takes me hours to do.

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Unread 01-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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Sanding would be better than cutting. Dusty as heck, but better.
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If it is a slide-in range, isn't there a flange on top of the range that fits on top of the stone? That's the way mine is anyway, so a little chipping isn't an issue, since it can't be seen.
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Whether you sand or cut it will make a big mess, but yes, you should have no problem doing either.

I assume by sanding is "better" Bob means "safer", as in less likely to screw up, and if you are unsure of your skills than I would agree. If you are confident in the use of a grinder save yourself a bunch of time and cut it
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Great, thank you for the advice. Any ideas on what grit sandpaper I should start with? 80?
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Unread 01-03-2012, 04:15 PM   #6
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Jason,

I'd start by dryfitting the actual stove before sanding anything. Maybe measure a few dozen times first. IF needed, then proceed to sand 1/16" off each side and dry fit again. Its easier to sand more off than it is to glue some back on.
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Its easier to sand more off than it is to glue some back on.
Been there, done that Words of wisdom, Paul.
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60 or 80 grit would be a good start.
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