Laminate Video Showing Bevel Edge Using Microwave Heating

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 … Read more

ISFA Installs New Board of Directors

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 … Read more

New Ceros Random Orbital Sander Offered By Mirka Abrasives

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 … Read more

NKBA Survey Shows Suprising Trends

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 … Read more

Abet Laminati Offers Compact Grade Panels

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 … Read more

Rockler Offers New Router Table Packages

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 … Read more

Does ‘Natural’ Really Matter?

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 … Read more

Teragren Bamboo Featured on Environmental Report with Terry Bradshaw

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 … Read more

Fabsolution Launches New FS Glue for Quartz, Solid Surface

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 … Read more

clé Introduces Handmade Metallic Tiles

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 … Read more