Archive for September, 2010

Richlite. Uses and fabrication warnings.

Time and time again Ive been asked about the uses of Richlite and Paper Stone. There are a lot of misconceptions out there on these products. Especially the price.

Lets start from the beginning. Richlite was originally developed for the boating industry. They produce a product called Whalelite for stringers on boats. They also produce a product called Skatelite for skate board parks.

From this came a need for an architectural product for home and commercial use.  Now Richlite is a parer based product and phenolic resins.

Richlite is a green product and you can read all of that here. http://www.richlite.com/countertop/faqenv.html#1

Richlite is used for counter tops, siding on buildings. Cabinet ends and many many more uses.

Fabrication is primarily the same as wood/solid surface. It will cut with carbide blades and can be routered with carbide bits. We prefer to use a cnc as much as possible. Sinks can be under mounted for a truly built in look. Under Counter tops on our web site you will see some examples of tops done with under mounted sinks.

Couple things you need to be aware of when working with Richlite or Paper Stone.  It is layers of paper. If you sand through it (high probability if you are not used to working with it) it will leave you with a ring pattern like throwing a rock into a puddle of water. There is no fix for this other than starting over with new material. There is no perfect way to seam this with out proper tools. Ie. Vacuum clamps, biscuit jointer and proper epoxy.

The surface needs to be sanded with a various grits of sand paper to get a smooth glass finish. Again being watchful for sand through.

As far as costs.

There is a lot of opinions running around out there in the internet. The truth is a 4′ x 8′ 1.25″ thick sheet will run you about $1200 with shipping.

We start at  $30 per sq foot fabrication/installation and go from there depending on holes, sinks, cook tops, etc. I had a gentleman complain that he knows he can get it done for under $20 a square foot because the internet said so. Since we are the only certified Fabricator in the State of Utah at this time we get the best pricing on the product. The sheet itself costs $37.5 per sq ft. Like they say.

Don’t believe everything you see on the internet.

For more information see www.richlite.com

Beware of Crappy Carpenters!!!! Hire professionals for your Wet Pets!!!

Check this out. We were asked to go recover a Aquarium for a Client from a Building that was being gutted for a remodel. The cabinets them selves are not bad. There are things that we would do different to make them more structurally sound but not bad over all. The shock came as we started to tear the thing apart to remove it. Keep in mind our client wanted to reuse this in their home.

First thing. The tank is a 180g reef ready tank. With water sand and rock it will be approx 2300 to 2700lbs.  Not a big deal to those that take pride and understand these things.

Remember that if the base the tank is sitting on is not perfectly flat and true then the tank will flex causing the glass to deflect. You can have seams split or worse the glass can shatter. I’m hoping the tank hasn’t suffered seam issues or it will need to be re sealed.

Avoid Bad Carpentry

We found, Cardboard, Styrofoam. chunks of mdf as well as just plain old crap used as shims.

Avoid Bad Carpentry

Avoid Bad Carpentry

Avoid Bad Carpentry

How about NO shims just hanging legs!!!

Avoid Bad Carpentry

The moral of the story is. Hire professionals that know what the heck they are doing. Your Wet Pets are the ones that suffer and your money is wasted should there be a disaster.

Equipment expansion!!!

Hello. We are excited to announce that we are expanding our Granite division!! We purchased a new/used Granite Beam Saw for the stone shop. This purchase will increase our capabilities to improve lead times and increase the options that we can offer to you. This machine will make it possible to offer miter fold edges as well as cutting our production time in half.

These are pictures of the set up in the shop that we removed it from.

Granite Saw

Table is completely movable including standing up to accept the slab of Granite, Quartz, Soap stone, Ice Stone or any other material needed.

Granite Saw

Once we got it broken down, we loaded it up and headed down the freeway!!

Granite Saw

Granite Saw

Here we are arriving at our shop. We planned on 3-4 houris to move this Beam Saw and it ended up taking 8+ houris.  We had to put new tires on one of the trailers during this adventure and almost punched a hole through the other trailer. Needless to say we left them on the trailer and will unload and start installing tomorrow :)

Granite Saw

Granite Saw

Granite Saw

Granite Saw

Almost went through the floor of the trailer!! that would have been disastrous!!!!!!

Granite Saw

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