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Old 12-26-2008, 09:59 PM   #11
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Now I am really confused.

That site you gave me Joe says that slate is an excellent countertop but not used a lot for some reason.

I don't know what to do now!
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:01 PM   #12
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It's too thin so would need support. Even with support, it could break if you drop a heavy object on it.
Cutting is not a simple task and could take special tools - which means more expensive installation
Since it is porous, it will stain if you spill on it.
If the contractor breaks a piece can you get more?
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:03 PM   #13
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silly question... someone mentioned cutting on these... ...um... if you're not using a cutting board what would the knife sound like on the slate. I keep hearing finger nails on the chalk board????
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:05 PM   #14
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Now I am really confused.

That site you gave me Joe says that slate is an excellent countertop but not used a lot for some reason.

I don't know what to do now!

The slate the link recommends is over an inch thick. That's not the same as a thinner piece slate cemented to a 1" thick underlayment.
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:22 PM   #15
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"Poor chickens... Sorry, it was there so I jumped at it. Yes, slate IS soft."

That's OK...I don't pound the ones who don't get into my wine...
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:33 PM   #16
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I have not given up yet!

I will find a better alternative! Thanks for all the advice folks!
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:06 PM   #17
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I have decided what I am going to do.

I found a source for white and gray veined marble at a real good price. Yes, I know it is soft and will stain, but remember I like the well worn vintage look.

I will store it until I save the money to have our local stoneworkers cut and install it.
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Old 12-28-2008, 11:05 PM   #18
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Yes, I know it is soft and will stain
It won't become "stained" - - - it will develop a patina!!!!


...unless it's a big ol' splat of red wine...then it's stained!
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Whatever countertop you choose, I wouldn't recommend cutting directly on it. Cutting on stone/ceramic/glass, etc. is the death knell to your knife edge. Stick with wood or plastic for cutting. Your knives will thank you.
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Old 12-28-2008, 11:14 PM   #20
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You are right!

I have a free standing old maple butcher block table for cutting.

Note to self: Lay off the red wine.

Yeah, it won't be worn, just patinated.
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