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Scored some used soapstone

3Pedals6Speeds3Pedals6Speeds Posts: 439
edited 5:27PM in EggHead Forum
Today at the junkyard I scored a 8' slab of black soapstone that used to be a chemistry lab worksurface. I'm planning on cutting it into a top for my Egg table for the back porch (carbide bits/blades can cut soapstone). Apparently it is highly temperature resistant, as well as being well suited to outdoors with the temp and humidity swings. I'll post (probably next spring) when I have it turned into the table.



  • Weird, in preview the image show correctly?
  • Here ya go!

  • DeplesisDeplesis Posts: 215
    Good score, should make a fine table top
  • Thanks! Now, what did I do wrong (image posting)?
  • 3Pedals6Speeds,

    Looks great! Are you going to use the sinks too. We looked at putting some soapstone on our kitchen island. It is a really nice finish. You have to oil it sometimes.



    Caledon, ON


  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 24,619
    soap stone makes a great pizza/gridle stone, wonder if the chemicals get into the stone for food usage.
  • I haven't decided which end I'm going to cut off yet. It'll be outdoors (Michigan) so if I do plumb the sinks, it'll have to be something that I can disconnect in the winter. I've got 1/2 a mind to just run garden hose under the deck to a fitting that I then run copper up to the sink with if I do it, that way I can disconnect it during the freeze season, and not have all that copper transmitting cold back to the connection coming through the foundation wall.

    Up top I'd mount a faucet (actually came with a couple of the old high neck chemistry lab faucets) so from above the table you'd never know it wasn't permanent. then I have to figure out where to send the waste water.......
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 24,619
    been in and out of the granite counter place a few times for the bathroom redo, their main display is a granite counter in a soapstone looking finish with the old fashioned stone built sink built in. really nice looking stuff.
  • Brilliant!!!! I wanted soapstone for our whole kitchen but couldn't sell my wife on the idea. It should be perfect for your plan. The surface can easily be sanded as often as you want to "renew the look" and mineral oil helps, especially outdoors. No problem setting food or containers on it, but I would definately not recommend cooking on it (i.e. as a baking stone). It is very porous and who knows what has been spilled on it and soaked deeply into it in the ol' chemistry lab!?!
  • 3Pedals6Speeds,

    If you could find one of these it would sit right on top.






    Caledon, ON


  • I did pick up a few cabinets (3 ft and 4ft)that had been under the counter (in the lab) but they are painted steel, and I don't think they'd hold up to the weather over time very well. I'm starting to wonder if I don't just want to build something permanent rather than rolling like I'd thought up until today. I'm worried that a 200# top will be a little unwieldy.
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