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Old 03-13-2006, 02:57 AM   #1
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I have the project started. I cut my slate for the front on my draft box. It was easy as pie. I did it on my table saw with a masonry blade. I am worried about boring the holes for the shanks. Any suggestions? I think a hole saw will do the trick, but I am not sure. I don't want any cracks. The slate is from an old blackboard out of my dad's old church.

Also, what wood treatment do people suggest? I am using hardwood with a light stain.

Anyway, the project has begun. I am taking photos and will post a series when I finish.

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, the project has begun. I am taking photos and will post a series when I finish.
Screw that! Take pics as you go and post them during your breaks!

Can't wait to see it, if it looks half as good as the design, it'll be awesome!
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Old 03-13-2006, 03:09 AM   #3
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Screw that! Take pics as you go and post them during your breaks!

Can't wait to see it, if it looks half as good as the design, it'll be awesome!
Sounds good to me. I will see what I can do.
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Old 03-13-2006, 03:22 AM   #4
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BP, Did you have any scraps when you cut the slate that you could test the hole saw on? If not, I would try to get a similar slate to test it on...needless to say, with that much sentimental value it would be devastating to crack it! As far as treatment, where you thinking a gloss polyurethane?

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Poly urethane seems to make the most sense, but I am open. Durabilty is pretty high on the list of requirements! I do have some scrap, but it is a nice piece. I think I'll see about trying a piece of floor slate.

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As far as the wood finish, spar varnish might be a good choice. That's what I put on my bar top. I have no idea if it would hold up better than poly.

And as they say, measure twice, cut once....

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Drill slowly. Be really careful when you're close to hitting the backside with the bit...you don't want to pop a big piece out!

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Spar varnish is a good finish for the bar, I would drill with some kind of water or liquid to keep the slate cool which should help with cracking. Heat and expansion are your enemies when working with stone. What kind of hardwood are you building the rest of the bar out of?

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I think its always a good idea when drilling holes to place the material on a scrap peice of wood so it doesn't blow out the back when you get close to breaking through. This will support it and help prevent breaking or splintering.

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I'd get a masonry bit and then test on a scrap section. They work on tile, so I'd think they'd work on slate, just not as fast...I'd be more concerned about a deeply veined stone than I would be with slate. It may help to have a stream of water on the bit, a la wet saw.

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