Forming and Polishing Granite Tile Edges
I'm a good tiler but have never polished edges. What is involved in terms of equipment, skills, learning time, etc.? I may have a need to do more of these in the future. Is it worth my while to buy the equipment and learn to do it, or should I just pay the approximately $1.00 per inch that I have been quoted?
Also, visually, I'm trying to make these tiles look as close to a slab as possible (the slab in this pattern cost $11,000, so we went with very similar tiles). Do I stick with 12" x 12" tiles as much as possible on the top, or do I cut off a 2" strip for each edge tile and make it look like the pattern is continuous?
From the original questioner:
Thanks. I do have several variable speed grinders of different sizes and speeds - all dry. I have seen the polishing pads at the local tile supply place. I'm wondering how you would get a nice consistent quarter round edge on 1/4" thick granite, however. If this were wood you would just use a router bit. Is there such a machine, at a decent price, that routs granite? (I would not want to put granite on my expensive wood router assembly.) Would such a granite router be cost effective for small jobs like mine?
From contributor F:
There's a Tru-Form Profile Wheel. Note the different radius on the profile of the roundover (quarter-round). Yes, they are in millimeters, but their conversion is true standard. You can get them with the steel bearing - most folks do, or a Vel-Vet touch one (hardened plastic).
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