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    NorCalQ
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    I have a Pro Pack 2 that has a black base that is about 1 1/4″ thick and very heavy.  I’m wondering what the base material is, as I would like to machine out a small portion of the underside, in order to accommodate some lites?  I’m suspecting it’s quartz.  If it is, can the quartz be machined with carbide wood working router bits?

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    MarcH
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    #49881

    NorCalQ
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    Marc, I don’t think it is aluminum or granite.  It is charcoal in color, with color thru and thru.  I believe it seems softer than granite.

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    NorCalQ
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    Just found out, even if it’s quartz, I’ll need diamond bits.

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    #49887

    Mr.Wizard
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    Perhaps you have the Paperstone base?  https://www.gpknives.com/wicked-edge-paperstone-base-we022.html

    If so I believe you are in luck as carbide bits should work.

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    #49888

    tcmeyer
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    I’ve tried driving drywall screws into my paper stone base.  No such luck – they snap off after about three turns, even with pilot holes, which are an S. O. B. to drill.  Tuff stuff.  Not sure how it’d machine with a router.

    #49931

    Mr.Wizard
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    Paperstone is just a paper-resin composite, and should machine like Micarta.  From https://paperstoneproducts.net/wordpress/installing/

    PaperStone® lessens the load because it is easily worked using traditional high-quality carbide-tipped woodworking tools. No special fabrication equipment is necessary as is the case with quartz or granite. And a wide variety of edge profiles can be achieved with a router.

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    #49946

    NorCalQ
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    Here’s a pic of the base. I scratched it and the color is thru and thru.

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    NorCalQ
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    Oops.  Here’s the pic…

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    Mr.Wizard
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    That looks like Paperstone to me.

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    #49961

    NorCalQ
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    Well, thanks for all the help with the base.  I was confused, as WE was saying that it had to be either aluminum or quartz.  I finally emailed a pic of my base and they confirmed it was in fact, paper stone.

    Woodworking bits worked perfectly on it with no issues.  I’ve include a pic of the cuts on the underside and the lites clipped onto the recesses.

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    #49970

    airscapes
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    Link to where you got those lights please!  I want!!  My base is a 2×12 will be a cake walk to install!

    #49971

    NorCalQ
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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00INK4GRC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I got similar lights first that were 3W, but found they weren’t bright enough.  I also tried some that were adjustable warm, medium and daylight, but again, not quite bright enough.  These lights are daylight color temp and plenty bright enough.  Once positioned, they really highlight the scratch pattern.

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    #49972

    airscapes
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    Thanks!

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    Organic
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    That’s a nice modification.

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