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The Stone & Worktop Glossary


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The jargon used in defining stone terms can often become quite convoluted. The purpose of this section is to try to offer a clear explanation, in layman’s English, of the most common definitions relating to stone, worktops as a whole and their fabrication.

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Stone And Worktop Terms Beginning With The Letter K


A hydrous aluminium silicate mineral.


A groove into the edge of stone with a saw blade for insertion of anchors.

Key Block

In deeper a quarry, or starting to quarry downward from a parallel surface, the first block removed from a new ledge, allowing access for further block subtraction by undercutting, under drilling, or lateral shifting.


The last wedge-shaped stone positioned in the crown of an arch considered as binding the whole.


A furnace, oven, or heated enclosed space used for burning or firing blocks or clay objects. 

Kiln Run

Brick from one kiln that have not yet been sorted or category for size or colour variation.

King Closure

A brick cut diagonally to have one two-inch end and one full width end.


Gabled cope stone which by its shape is also part of the wall, and may hold up other cope stones.

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