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Bullnosing Thick Slate

By bullnosing the slate and grinding the side with 60 grit silicone carbide sanding disc. you not only give the piece of slate a finished look but you also make the cut light grey edge as dark as the top.

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Slate like this you get in a Stone yard for about $6 a sq. ft. One thing about thick stone or tile -- it seems to show up in the installed look opposed to thin tiles.

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First thing is to grind down and round the corner of the stone. This is very easy, the turbo wheel slowly rounds the piece.

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After you rough bullnose the stone with the turbo grinder you grind smooth darken the color with a 60 grit silicone carbide sanding disc. This can't be easier, the hardness of the stone makes it impossible to make a mistake. Total time about a minute and a half.

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Use a variable speed grinder with 60 grit paper to give the stone a honed finish.

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This is a lot better than trying to wrap wood around to finish the edge of the hearth. The house is 1840's and the hardwood is not very level. Also the honed edge overlaps the bad edge of the wood to give a natural finished look.

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Always lay all pieces dry and make all your bullnoses before mixing mortar.

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