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Laminate Video Showing Bevel Edge Using Microwave Heating

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Laminate Video Showing Bevel Edge Using Microwave Heating

Posted on 30 September 2012 by cradmin

Here is a great instructional countertop video related to laminate countertop fabrication. This one is put out by laminate giant LE Smith in Indiana, which shows how they put a beveled edge onto their laminate tops. One interesting aspect is the use of microwaves as a heating element to activate the adhesive for bonding.

We would love to hear your feedback on this process. And if you have videos you have done, or have seen, that you think belong here, let us know by emailing us at [email protected] and we will try to post them.

You can find other great laminate videos here.


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ISFA Installs New Board of Directors

Posted on 29 September 2012 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the changes to the association’s Board of Directors for 2013 at its recent annual meeting in Atlanta.

Mike Langenderfer, of The Countertop Shop in Holland, Ohio, was installed as President of the ISFA Board of Directors. Langenderfer replaces Russ Berry, of A.S.S.T. in Hanover, Pa., who now takes on the role of Immediate Past President. The former Immediate Past President, Hunter Adams, of Trindco in Suffolk, Va., has now retired from the Board after many exemplary years of service to the association and the industry. Also stepping down from the board after fulfilling their terms are Directors Joe Hoffmann, of Hoffmann Fixtures in Tulsa, Okla., Martin Funck, of Rosskopf & Partner in Hennersdorf, Germany, Michael Bustin, formerly of Meld USA, Raleigh, N.C., and Mike Nolan, of Windbound Co., in Glen Alpine, N.C.

Rounding out the Executive Committee of the Board are Dave Paxton, of Paxton Countertops in Grand Ledge, Mich., Vice President; Michael Astill, of R.S. Hughes in Salt Lake City, Secretary; and Christina Humiston, of Block Tops in Anaheim, Calif., Treasurer.

Two new board members were also voted in: Erica Hussey of JCW in Woburn, Mass., and Mellisa Hill of Oldcastle Surfaces in Atlanta, Ga.

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New Ceros Random Orbital Sander Offered By Mirka Abrasives

Posted on 27 September 2012 by cradmin

Mirka Abrasives CEROS random orbital countertop sander

Mirka Abrasives is now offering its new Compact Electric Random Orbital Sander (CEROS), designed for dust free finishing. CEROS is almost half the size and weight of competitive sanders, and offers a brushless DC motor, integrated 12-foot cord, DC transofrmer, multihole backup pad and pad wrech, user manual and quick start DVD package, and is available in 5- and 6-inch models. It comes in a durable container for transport and storage.

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NKBA Survey Shows Suprising Trends

Posted on 20 September 2012 by cradmin

A report was recently published on the Woodworking Network website issued by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) that outlines the results of a survey of its members. The survey sought out the top trends in kitchens and baths, and some of the findings were a bit surprising.

Among those tied strictly to the countertop industry were 1) the growing usage of glass as a backsplash material – a surprising 52 percent of respondants said they used the material in their designs; and 2) an increase in the use of solid surface in both the kitchen and bath, rising to 30 percent of those taking the survey saying they are specifying it for their projects. Subsequently, both granite and quartz surfacing dropped (although just slightly), but still lead the pack when it comes to the most popular surfaces specified.

Other trends discussed were faucetry, color schemes, cabinetry and more. The full report is available here.

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Abet Laminati Offers Compact Grade Panels

Posted on 19 September 2012 by cradmin

Compact Laminate Panel by Abet Laminati

Abet Laminati offers the Stratifico line of compact grade panels, a self-supporting, double-faced laminate that is 12 mm (about half an inch) thick.  This Stratifico is a decorative, high-pressure laminate that can be used for a variety of applications, including countertops, backsplashes, furniture, partitions, etc. It is available in more than 500 colors and 30 finishes. It also comes in 8 sizes and a variety of thicknesses other than half inch.

It is made of decorative paper impregmanted with melamine resin and is Greenguard certified for low VOC emissions

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Rockler Offers New Router Table Packages

Posted on 17 September 2012 by cradmin

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has introduced a redesigned line of router tables. The new designs feature a bright white table color, added accessory tracks, dust port and translucent bit guard to deliver maximum precision, ease of use and safety for all router table operations. The High Pressure Laminate (HPL), Pro Phenolic and Cast Iron Router Tables are each available in package deals to fit the needs of any woodworker or fabricator. Package deals include the table top, router table fence and router plate.

The HPL and Pro Phenolic tables feature a new bright white surface designed to reflect more light and maximize visibility during routing operations. Built-in dual T-track/miter tracks expand the possibilities for a variety of setups involving additional jigs or a standard miter bar. All tables come with adjustable fence faces, a CNC-machined aluminum plate that is pre-drilled or can be drilled to fit any router and rests on a 10-point leveling/locking system for precise flatness, 21/2-inch dust port to easily connect to a dust collection system, and a translucent bit guard for added safety and visibility.


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Does ‘Natural’ Really Matter?

Posted on 16 September 2012 by cradmin

In the not-too-distant past, I heard a presenter question whether it is really accurate to use the term “natural stone” anymore. He pointed out that a huge number of stone slabs coming into the United States are altered in one way or another – via resination or by the use of mesh backers, etc. He didn’t make a judgement call and actually praised the value of these methodologies as improvements to the slabs. It was the second time I’d heard someone say that the majority of granite slabs are altered.

I also noticed a MIA blog entry  that touched ont he same topic, which actually put forth what it defined as “natural stone.” It was very interesting to read, but really, it seems more of an intellectual debate than a practical one.

Ultimately, the term natural is used as a descriptor to describe quarried slab products from man-made ones, right? What really matters is that a good product is used and that the person paying the bill is happy with the look and quality – regardless of how much it has been “altered” or how “natural” it is.

There is no doubt that granite is a beautiful product with a very appealing look and suitable qualities to match its aesthetics. Rather than debate its “naturalness,” which seems like a red herring, energy might be better spent highlighting its strong points.

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Teragren Bamboo Featured on Environmental Report with Terry Bradshaw

Posted on 13 September 2012 by cradmin

Teragren, a manufacturer of bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, will be featured across the country during the months of September and October on the television show, The Environmental Report hosted by former NFL Quarterback Terry Bradshaw. This popular television show airs nationwide on cable networks such as CNN Headline News and Fox Business Network. Terry Bradshaw is a champion of the sustainability field who gives his time to a number of charitable institutions such as Habitat for Humanity.

In The Environmental Report, Bradshaw introduces viewers to innovative companies and products that provide environmentally conscious alternatives for consumers in the marketplace today. The primary goal of the show is to spotlight those who are championing conservation efforts and to educate the public on protecting the environment. The Environmental Report has covered products and services in the sectors of renewable energy, water conservation, organics and air quality. Teragren Bamboo is honored that its products and company practices are included among such an elite field.

“We are very excited to work with Terry and The Environmental Report,” said Teragren President Mike Boshart. “They do a great job at distilling Teragren’s long standing environmental story and helping viewers in homes across the country understand how the way they spend their dollars impacts our global environment.” The news segment takes viewers to Zhejiang Province, China to see up close the bamboo forests of Anji where Teragren bamboo is grown – the same forests where Feature Film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was filmed.

The segment shows how Teragren bamboo is harvested by hand, thereby protecting the fragile root systems of surrounding plants. Viewers are taken inside Teragren’s factory and shown how the round bamboo culm is sustainably milled and manufactured into flat bamboo flooring and building products that are healthy for the planet and for the home.  The segment aired earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas. The next airing will be in Denver, Colo., on September 18. Additional airings will run throughout September and into October in Colorado, Washington D.C., and Washington state.

To find out about local listings in your area as they become available, visit To watch the video, visit

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Fabsolution Launches New FS Glue for Quartz, Solid Surface

Posted on 11 September 2012 by cradmin

FS Glue for solid surface and quartz surfacing

Fabsolution has launched a new line of adhesive for solid surface and quartz surfacing – FS Glue. The adhesives are available through an affiliated manufacturing company, Marktec, which has more than 10 years of experience and currently provides adhesives for LG HI-MACS and Viatera in the United States.

Fabsolution has five warehouse locations in the continental United States to help assure fast delivery.

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clé Introduces Handmade Metallic Tiles

Posted on 10 September 2012 by cradmin

clé introduces metallic tiles in porcelain, ceramic and limestone that have been painted, glazed, and printed with the glimmer of silver, gold, iron, platinum and copper. The tiles are produced by different international tile artists. Along with gold, the Byzantina rectangle series by Italian artist Adriano Ricchetti of Il Monile, includes iron, platinum, and silver.

Brenda Bates creates her Welbeck tile in her potter’s studio in Cornwall, England. Fascinated by aquatic life in the Celtic Sea, Bates has created the Coast Collection, immortalizing sea stars in hand made tile, delicately painted in 24k gold and platinum. Her Platinum Collection is a study in abstraction, using metallics to define irregular shapes.The weight of the precious metals against the delicate translucent glaze causes the random crackled surface.

The clé Classic Tile Collection has taken the traditional material of porcelain and rendered it modern with faux metal finishes of oxidized steel, iron and copper.

The Metallic Porcelain series allows for installation of a tile where weight or temperature would be problematic for metal. The tile slabs are 13 by 40 inches and can be installed on floors and walls, indoors and out.

The Dutch artist Hanneke Steenmetz silk screens her Shakespeare inspired graphics onto limestone tile for her Studio H.  All of her images are available in gold, silver and copper.

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