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Procrastibaker Sep 20, 2006 06:38 PM

I've been trying to get a good marble pastry slab for a couple of years with no results. The local cooking store only carries thin, puny ones because they say it's hard to get big ones b/c they break or are hard to ship or something. I am sick to death of rolling dough on cutting boards, slippy sil-pats, crumby counters. Marble, I wante marble! Any suggestions on where to find it? Could I just go to the hardware store?

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    rtmonty Sep 21, 2006 08:21 PM

    If you have a marble or granite contractor around check with them for "scrap" pieces. Many times there is a lot of waste when they do a countertop. There is also the "cutout" for the sink which can be rather large and is of no use if the customer doesn't want it. I got one like there for almost nothing, useful and also very pretty.

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      Kelli2006 Sep 22, 2006 08:17 PM

      I bought my marble slab from a counter-top supply house. The origional customer made a last minute change in color and he was willing to sell me the previous slab for next to nothing. The price was right and it fits perfectly.

      I have to second the headstone fabricator as well.

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      Slipkid Sep 21, 2006 08:11 PM

      Ditto for Sur le table. My wife was shopping for a marble as well.Found hers there (chestnut hill mall) $40.00 we saw the same at other places for almost twice as much.

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        eLizard Sep 21, 2006 08:14 PM

        I originated the boston one. I got mine at sur la table for $40. for about half as much as i saw at other specialty stores. it's big, and it doesn't fit in the fridge, but it stays cool, and it works like a charm.

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        condiment Sep 21, 2006 07:45 PM

        Don't they sell them at Sur le Table? I got mine there several
        years ago for less than $40, and it works just fine. I can't see
        where the thinness would be much of a problem.

        1. yayadave Sep 20, 2006 10:13 PM

          Try this thread. It's about Boston, but I'm sure the general information travels.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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            uman Sep 20, 2006 07:12 PM

            What about checking out gravestone makers. I know someone who got some pieces this way.

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              poundcake Sep 20, 2006 07:02 PM

              This may be a false memory but I seem to recall Julia Child saying she'd had one made that would fit perfectly into her refrigerator to chill. My recollection is that she suggested having it done at a place that specializes in (gulp) headstones.

              Of course this was long before trends toward granite and marble countertops.

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                cheryl_h Sep 20, 2006 06:50 PM

                Why can't you get a slab from someone who installs marble countertop? I don't know if you can get something thin enough, but they cut to fit any shape.

                Caveat: marble is very dense and a slab will weigh a LOT. Wherever you put it is where it will stay.

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