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How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style & safely?

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  • How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style & safely?

    Hi All,

    For those with stone masonry expertise,, may i ask. How do i cut granite (1200x300x40mm). I got a crazy quote of $168 AUD to do a single cut to make it half ................?!?!?!?!?!?

    Anyone out in the west of sydney able to do a cut for me for a small fee??? otherwise any ideas how i can do it myself?

    Also, how to i "stick" to peices of granite together? or can just lay them tightly next to each other? What i need to do is make a 43cm wide bench top. But the granite pieces are only 30cm wide ....

    Thanks in advance~!!!

    Cheers,

    Gummz

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    Re: How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style &amp; safely?

    If you don't need a finished edge - just cut it with a diamond blade on a circular saw. Put some tape over the area you're going to cut to prevent splintering.
    Last edited by Cheesesteak; 04-04-2011, 09:26 AM.

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      Re: How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style &amp; safely?

      Originally posted by Cheesesteak View Post
      If you don need a finished edge - just cut it with a diamond blade on a circular saw. Put some tape over the area you're going to cut to prevent splintering.
      If you try Cheesesteak's recommendation, clamp a straight edge on there to keep it straight
      Last edited by Lburou; 04-04-2011, 09:35 AM.
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        Re: How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style &amp; safely?

        That settles it. I'm moving to Australia. I'm gonna bring me a container of firebricks and a diamond saw, and I'm gonna get rich
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          Re: How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style &amp; safely?

          That settles it. I'm moving to Australia. I'm gonna bring me a container of firebricks and a diamond saw, and I'm gonna get rich
          I've been thinking along the same lines - there ought to be a lot of money in manufacturing firebricks in Aussie land. How can a country that has so much have so little in the way of firebricks?

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            Re: How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style &amp; safely?

            Originally posted by stoveup View Post
            How can a country that has so much have so little in the way of firebricks?
            There is no demand for firebrick as hardly anyone has a fireplace in their house because most of the country is not that cold over winter. Where I live 6' C (43' F) over night is about as cold as it ever gets in winter.
            Paul

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              Re: How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style &amp; safely?

              there may not be many fireplaces, sure seems like everyone has built or is building an oven.
              dmun, stoveup......care to split that container 3 ways? I could really use a get rich quick scheme.

              RT

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                Re: How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style &amp; safely?

                You can get as many firebricks as needed and more for A$3 each in Melbourne.
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                  Re: How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style &amp; safely?

                  G'day Gummz,
                  Agree with Cheesesteak. I had a similar experience, had an offcut of granite, quote for a single cut was around $75! Apparently the grantie I had was a reall hard type but when I though "bugger it, I'll give it a go with the diamond balde fro my circular saw I bought off eBay for $12" it didn't seem so hard! Literally 2 minutes later I was done. Sure the edge isn't polished but it is covered anyway and saved be $75.
                  Cheerio,
                  Mark CH

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                    Re: How to cut granite block (40mm thick) DIY style &amp; safely?

                    G'day Gummz,
                    Agree with Cheesesteak. I had a similar experience, had an offcut of granite, quote for a single cut was around $75! Apparently the grantie I had was a really hard type but when I though "bugger it, I'll give it a go with the diamond blade on my circular saw I bought off eBay for $12" it didn't seem so hard! Literally 2 minutes later I was done. Sure the edge isn't polished but it is covered anyway and saved me $75.
                    Cheerio,
                    Mark CH

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