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Old 05-12-2011, 12:19 PM   #1
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I remodeled my basement and was left with a granite-top wet bar. It's just about a 3.5 foot wide granite sink counter on a cabinet. I want to move it to my laundry room.

However, the left edge used to meet up with a wall, so there's a facade on the cabinet side I'll remove (going back down to just cab width). But the granite then hangs over by about 4 inches and won't fit in this new space.

Is there anything I could try/use at home to cut this granite while it's still on the cabinet?

I mean, if it were anything else, I'd pull out the circular saw. So I was wondering if maybe there was a blade for that since it's just one cut.

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That's a great question. I always shy away from drilling/ cutting granite because of its expense if I screw up. If I ever get a scrap piece I would like to experiment with it. I usually send my granite work to a granite shop. Ryobi sells a small wet circ saw with a 4" diamond blade but not sure if that would work. I'm open to answers!

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8" circular saw blade for cutting granite, dry


you can find a lot with a Google search.
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Felker fhs-4
http://www.amazon.com/FELKER-9533004.../dp/B000KBB1UW

I have one, and have used it to cut 1" thick granite slabs. This works well, and with an edge guide, and cutting from the proper side, can produce extremely clean cuts. I feel the wetsaw is a far better option to using a dry cutting blade. We have a local abundance of prefab 1" thick granite slabs that I have used in a few places, IE tops of cabinets by my couch. The felker saw has performed admirably but does cast a lot of water about so cutting in place is not a good idea.

As far as drilling, you can purchase a Alpha core bit designed to dry cut granite that does in fact work quite well. It is best to have a circle guide cut from plywood to start the hole as the bit may tend to wander. I have mine in a variable speed angle grinder.

EDIT: Apologize, did not notice that you needed to cut it in place! My bad, would still work if you could drag the whole assembly outside.


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. I feel the wetsaw is a far better option to using a dry cutting blade.
absolutely but this is still on a cabinet. Soaking it may not be desired.
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My neighbor has a slab and apparently bought some granite blade that fits a circular saw to make one straight cut. We'll try it on mine and see what happens.

This finished little granite-counter-sink is going next to a washer/dryer. So we won't see the edges. I could trim it with something if something goes wrong. Plus, I pulled this wetbar from my basement, so still have side and back backsplashes that were siliconed on to hide any screw ups I might make.

How much is a 2x3 hunk of granite that seems just over 1" thick with rectangle polished edges and a SS sink glued in worth anyway? I could buy the cab at Home Depot for about $100. I'm just curious to know how much I'd be throwing away if things go bad.
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how is the granite attached to the cabinet? What are the chances of taking it off the cabinet.

That splash is going to cause you problems. Since you can't cut from the back due to the cabinet, you are going to find you can get the saw close enough to the corner made by the splash and the counter. You will probably have to remove the splash or the cabinet.

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