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Unread 11-01-2004, 05:27 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Ideas for scrap 3cm thick granite pieces that I can get for next to nothing

I was at my Granite fabricator today to drop off some porcelain for bull nosing. I noticed their ever growing pile of cast off pieces from granite slab fabrication and asked what they did with them. Basically nothing was the response, take some if you want.

I grabbed some pieces, most of which are about the size of my hand or larger. All polished for slab use, 3cm (1.125") thick, some real beauties.

So, my question is what could I use this material for? They had marble too, but granite is some much more stable.

I do have a 15 x16 patio I'm going to be doing at my house next spring which will start as a cement slab with ditra. I had been planning a fancy geometric cut tile pattern which is basically 100% of what I do, but thought maybe the granite could be used. Any idears???
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Unread 11-01-2004, 05:44 PM   #2
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Might make some neat chessboards. That's all i got.
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rubble, lots and lots of rubble.



Maybe a mosaicist or two wants the stuff.

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Unread 11-01-2004, 07:23 PM   #4
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I grab slab sink cut-outs whenever I can. I know a slab guy that says they save them for a while then just toss them in the dumpster when they need the room. I have made several small tables from them, got a bunch of cut-outs in my garage gathering dust.
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My garage is packed full of this sort of stuff that just seems to nice to throw in a landfill. I need to start finding people who would use it. I like the chess board idea! Havnt played that game for years, its funny that when I play for fun without a strong desire to win that is the only time I win, the more I want to win the more mistakes I make.
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Unread 11-01-2004, 07:43 PM   #6
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I knew a fabricator that was collecting the pieces in 55 gal. drums. His idea was to put them into a concrete driveway, grind, and ???? Maybe enhance. I don't know if he ever actually pulled that one off.

The larger pieces were cut into usable rectangles, and installed on his office & showroom floor. Quite colorful I might add!
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Unread 11-01-2004, 09:23 PM   #7
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I did just talk to one of my customers about using it for their fireplace surround instead of the slate they wanted to use. They loved the idea. I told them that they'd have to go to the yard and pick out the pieces with me!

John, I used to save all my porcelain scrap pieces from my cut tile jobs like your fabricator. Trouble is I got to much of them so I'm starting to just dump em.

Did the fabricator use 3cm thick pieces for his floor?
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Pogie bate, Colleen. Don't mess with the fabricator. Go to the distributor, somebody like IGM or one of the other big guys, Walker-Zanger maybe. These guys drop slabs on the floor pretty regularly and throw them in the dumpster. Big pieces, baby.
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Break the pieces up with a hammer and do a randon floor or a random coffee table/end table set.grout joints from 1/8" to 3/4" ,sanded grout, multicolored granite pieces and a light colored grout. after the grout cures,Polish the entire thing and seal it.Save your leftover thinset on each job at the end of the day in a freezer bag.when you get home,set a few pieces with the thinset thats already mixed.Throw away the baggie.before you know it you'll have a nice table set

so hows that for an idea Colleen?
Random might be hard for you seeing as your used to geometrics.
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Hi Colleen

This was done when 2cm and laminating edges was popular. I think he wound up dumping his barrels also.

I like Todd's idea. Only thing is it sounds like a lot of work.
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John, have you seen colleens geometric floors??
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I did a driveway apron & patio out of these and have been saving up to do my whole drive. I cut them into a "step Pattern" one small 1 7/8 square and one larger 4 7/8" square. I keep a gate set up at the shop on my 'purgatory 'MK and a bucket near by. Every now and again I have a cold one after work and cut a few feet. When I get a bunch I tumble them W/ sand and water in an old cement mixer, that has had the paddles removed. Makes nice pavers but takes lots o time. They also need to be wet set as they vary in thickness. I think I will set the edge pieces out of 3cm and make a deeper bed like you would a footing.

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Colleen...........how about cutting them into circles and making coasters for mugs and stuff. Get some felt at a fabric place to glue to the bottom. What do ya think?
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i wood takem to a river and skippem across the water. them flat sides makem skip reel good.

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dems rele dnese stuff. Theys don skip theys sink.


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