Half-Bullnose Edge on Granite – Step by Step

Considering Half-Bullnose for your granite counters?

The cut edge of the granite before adding a half-bullnose edge

The cut edge of the granite before adding a half-bullnose edge

Half Bullnose Edge Before Polishing

Half Bullnose Edge Before Polishing

Detail of Half Bullnose Edge during fabrication

Detail of Half Bullnose Edge during fabrication

Half Bullnose Edge on Black Galaxy Granite

Polished Half Bullnose Edge on Black Galaxy Granite

A half-bullnose edge is rounded on the top, and flat on the bottom. Well, the bottom isn’t completely flat – it has a subtle, very subtle rounding to it to keep the bottom edge from being sharp.

Here is a quick series of photos taken at our little granite shop off North Lamar in Austin, Texas.

You can see how the edge on the granite progresses through the fabrication steps, from raw-cut edge to finished, polished half-bullnose edge on the granite.

The granite in these photos is Black Galaxy, and is going in a house south of Austin down near New Braunfels for Taylor Designer Floors (who also does kitchens!).

The Steps for Putting a Half-Bullnose Edge on Granite

Here is the quick list of the steps a piece of granite goes through to become a countertop with a finished (polished) edge:

  • Basic shape (square, rectangle) cut to finished dimensions on the big saw
  • Edge shape fabricated – the rounded top is cut with a router bit
  • Fabricated edge polished with polishing goop and polishing pads
  • Countertop sealed with high-quality sealer to protect against staining

Here are some other basic granite edge profiles.

You can see from the illustrations on that page that the edge profiles range from flat-polish (minimal rounding) to a full bullnose (maximum rounding, top and bottom), with a lot of profiles in between. You can also see that the half-bullnose edge illustration is a little more rounded at the top than the actual finished edge.

Many customers choose the half-bullnose edge because it makes the counter look thicker than the full-bullnose edge, and it helps keep water off the face of the cabinets.

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