Profiling of natural stone refers to the process of shaping or creating specific edge profiles on the stone. It involves cutting or grinding the edges of the stone to achieve desired shapes, contours, or decorative designs. Profiling is commonly done on stone countertops, vanity tops, stairs, and other architectural elements to enhance their aesthetics and functionality.

Tools for Profiling

Profiling can be done on all kinds of natural and man-made stones - granite, marble, quartz, travertine, etc. Each stone type may have different characteristics and may require specific techniques and tools for profiling.

  • Diamond Router Bits: Diamond router bits are specifically designed for profiling stone edges. They have diamond-embedded cutting surfaces that grind and shape the stone. Router bits come in various profiles, such as beveled, bullnose, ogee, and more. They can be used with a handheld router or a profiling machine.
  • Diamond Profile Wheels: Diamond profile wheels are similar to router bits but are mounted on a grinding machine or a hand-held angle grinder. They have a cylindrical or conical shape with diamond-embedded segments that grind and shape the stone edges. Profile wheels are available in different sizes and profiles to create various edge shapes.
  • Diamond Hand Profilers: Diamond hand profilers are handheld tools with diamond-embedded abrasive pads. They are used for manual profiling and shaping of stone edges. Hand profilers are available in various shapes and sizes, allowing for more flexibility and control when working on curved or irregular edges.
  • Angle Grinder: An angle grinder with a diamond blade or grinding disc can be used for rough shaping or initial profiling of stone edges. It is a versatile tool that can be used to remove excess material and create the basic profile before refining with other tools.
  • Wet Polisher: A wet polisher with diamond polishing pads is used to refine and polish the profiled edges of the stone. The wet polisher is equipped with a water feed system to keep the stone and the polishing pads cool, reduce dust, and achieve a high-quality polished finish.
  • Diamond Cup Wheels: Diamond cup wheels can be used for aggressive grinding and shaping of stone edges. They are typically used in the initial profiling stages to remove larger amounts of material and create the rough profile shape.
  • Template Guides: Template guides are used to create accurate and consistent profiles by following a predetermined template or pattern. The template guide is attached to the router or profiling machine, guiding the tool along the desired path.