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The Countertop Process

Templates

Depending on the project, templates will be made by either wooden forms or by laser digitizing. Either way, this is the first step to the countertop process.

Cutting

Projects with intricate layouts are cut on our CnC WaterJet. Simpler layouts are sent to a bridge saw for processing.

WaterJet: 60 psi of pressurized WaterJet can cut up to 12 inches of solid steel. The computer-controlled system is accurate to 0.001 inch and can make delicate parts for our custom medallions.

Bridge Saw: A diamond saw blade 16 inches in diameter travels on a bridge above the table, cutting straight lines into the slab. A bridge saw can cut over 120 inches per minute.

Lamination and Reinforcement

Edges can be built up to 2 ΒΌ inches by laminating multiple layers of stone with a two-part epoxy for maximum holding strength. Metal rods are inset into the backside of all stone cutouts to provide reinforcement to these potential problem areas.

Shaping and Polishing

Depending on the specified edge profile, the project will be fed through either a conveyer belt driven line polisher or programmed into our CnC workstation.

Line Polisher: Shapes and polishes at a rate of one foot per minute on straight pieces with a perfect finished edge each time.

CnC Automated Workstation: CNC workstations are the wave of the future. They are able to cut, profile and polish entire kitchens virtually unaided.

Final Fit and Finish

Once all the pieces have been processed, they are sent to the custom workshop for additional detail work including notching and fitting to templates. Before the project is considered finished, a final quality check is performed. At this stage, all aspects of the job are inspected. Once a job has been approved by a shop manager, the completed project is loaded onto an A-frame and then placed on an installation truck.

 


 

 
Featured Testimonial

Hi Diko,

We returned home from Clovis late yesterday and yes...I have seen our travertine floors...and Judy and I are very happy with them. Kirk did an excellent job. He's a real meticulous craftsman and we really appreciate his good work. Please pass along our sincere thanks.

Diko, again, thanks for your help on both the granite and the travertine. This has all worked out very well for us and it was great to get things done in a high quality and timely manner. Going forward, if I can ever serve as a reference for Prestige...just let me know. I'll be glad to do it.

Regards, Dave