Will’s Granite Welding Slab


Will’s Granite Welding Slab

Will is working on making the doors for the butcher shop. These are stainless steel for longevity, easy cleaning and sanitary conditions for food processing. The doors need to be perfectly flat so they hang and swing properly. Some of the doors are quite large. Will came up with an ingenious solution for his door welding work bench.
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In the photo above Will is bringing a 10’x5′ perfectly flat slab of granite over from our grout pile. The granite is cut with enormous circular saws and makes for wonderful, burn proof, flat table. Usually.

The first slab we brought over looked flat but when he got it over to the work area in front of the butcher shop on the inspector’s slab Will discovered that there was a 1/4″ hump in the slab. So back to the pile for another that did turn out to be perfectly flat.

So what is “perfect” inquiring minds might want to know… The local Vermont granite industry turns out extraordinarily flat tables for all sorts of science and industrial settings. For laboratories they grind and polish the hard stone down to a fraction of a thousandth of an inch of flatness. The pieces Will is using are merely cut flat. We can’t detect any variation although we can see the light saw marks which is how we know it was cut with a circular saw blade. It’s a 99.99% solution. Good enough as my friend Boris Goudeeknov would say…

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Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F

Daily Spark: The Titanic was built by professionals. The Ark was built by an amateur with vision. -Anon

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2 Responses to Will’s Granite Welding Slab

  1. Patrick says:

    I do the same with an exceptionally flat space of concrete in the garage. I marked the flat part out (about 7.5 x 6 foot) and work within the marks. I use it for all kinds of things, but when welding I tack things together on the ground then lift up and place bucks underneath to work at back-happier heights.

    The biggest fabrication I have/will do is about 6×8 and that starts this week. So now I gotta go out and clean the concrete of any oils (flammable) and give it a few days to dry out.

    Wish I had that granite, though. That would go straight out back as a permanent patio addition.

    • It’s like ice cubes in the arctic. We have hundreds of slabs like this – they’re cheap fill around here because the granite quarries and stone carving sheds have to get rid of the material. It’s wonderful for building all sorts of stuff. This is one of those things where there are lands of plenty. On the other hand the thing that is scarce around here is flat land without stone… :)

      Will put his granite welding table up a few feet off the ground so it’s a good height for welding. The prefect piece is actually sitting on top of the bent piece. Once he had it up there he lopped off the ragged edges to make it more table like.

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