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Old 09-11-2006, 10:25 AM
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Great work on the poured countertop - look forward to acid stained pictures. I also have plans for a poured countertop, I think with pigment in the top layer of concrete and perhaps broken glass as a terazzo admixture - I'm going to have a try at a small piece with my grinder and a cheap masonry grinding wheel to see if this is feasible. Do you have a plan for sealing the countertop? I've found some sealers online but nothing in any local stores that seems suitable for a food prep area.
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:05 PM
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Thanks Maver. I am having fun with them thats for sure. I am looking forward to the acid stain myself! Thils last weekend, I went to a stone person that works with big stone. He has a mill. He cuts slabs of Olivine, jade, granite, you name it. He is also cheaper than much of the granite work being done around here. That being said, it is still around 60 bucks a square foot. I got the tour of his shops and he has some amazing equipment. His polishing table os very cool, I always imagined a big milling machine sort of contraption, but it is just a big table with a floating arm that the worker can move all over the stone to bringit to a nice polish, I would imagine he could do something like that with your terrazzo like counters as well. Lordy, there were some cool stones there. I think one of my favorites was the fossilized clamshells. Next time I go out there, I will get a picture of it for you. It is wild looking stuff.
I do want to seal it, but I am not sure what to use yet. I heard epoxy doesnt do well with hot pans on it, so...
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:20 AM
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This is Soul Man. I made him yesterday out of a half bucket of mud my friend brought over for me yesterday.
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Try it, it is really enjoyable.

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Old 09-19-2006, 10:43 AM
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OK, I have the counters in place now and have them polished up to a 120 grit. They are pretty darn smooth. I think I am going to go up to a 200 grit and call it good.

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I got an email from someone who could not view the pics at a reasonable size. Are any of the rest of you having that experience? My computer automatically resizes everything to fit the window unless I click on the enlarge feature.
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Old 09-19-2006, 11:15 AM
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Those look great. I am going to consider this when I do some countertops in phase II.

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Old 09-19-2006, 11:37 AM
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Thanks for the compliment. I have to tell you I did mine upside down from Mr Chengs video. I poured mine bottom down and used an edging tool to get the shape of the top edge I was looking for. It took some extra grinding with the diamond blade to shape everything the way I wanted, but it has come out nicely.
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:15 AM
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I am cruising up the sides of the dome now that the counters have been thin set in place. http://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/chad/c...transition.jpg
http://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/chad/o...t%20stones.jpg It all seems to be coming along. I have yet to figure how I am going to handle the chimney if at all... The uncertainty is bothersome, but somethign will come to me. It always does.
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Old 09-25-2006, 09:03 PM
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Continued beautiful work.

Chad, it looks like with that 3" gap you'll need to have a complicated taper (inward from the sides and outward front to back) to get to a 6' or 8" chimney pipe. Does your friend who could help you with the copper roof have the skill to fabricate a metal vent? My chimney is pretty big and it draws fine, but with my masonry chimney it helps to preheat it first before I start a fire in the dome. With the short front to back dimension a metal chimney would hopefully heat more quickly and begin to draw faster.
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Maver, yes I have a stainless vent that can be modified to fit the opening. I need to get it and do my gazintas and see what I need to do to make it fit. I have a couple cool ideas now.
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Old 10-12-2006, 12:18 PM
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Chad, any further headway with the brickwork and the countertop? I've poured my own countertop using a piece of melamine for the surface form, after unmolding and flipping it I have a pretty smooth surface with a few gaps that I have filled with a portland/grout mixture. I'll just sand it level and I think I have my smooth surface. Not glossy though. Once I get it out of the garage into good light (hopefully I can find 3 people to help me move it on sunday) I'll post some pictures.

I think I'm going to try sealing with the Cheng sealer - it's an inexpensive penetrating sealer - I think it's acrylic. They suggest to wax regularly to maintain. It's tough to find a foodsafe sealer that would hold up to the weather. Epoxy supposedly doesn't do UV well. I found one vendor though that sells an epoxy that can be layered with urethane over it - urethane handles UV better.
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