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As these products grow in popularity, so does the sophistication required to fabricate and install them It wasn't very long ago that solid surfacing was represented by a single brand that came in two shades of white, and was glued up with silicone. Now it's an industry with four major manufacturers (and lots more entering the field), over 50 colors, and fabrication techniques that include near-invisible seaming, inlaying, and thermoforming. This rapid evolution has made fabrication and installation of solid surfacing a lot more complex. Although manufacturers still advertise that the materials can be shaped with ordinary woodworking tools, in most cases you're best off leaving the work to a specialist. Working With a Fabricator Many solid surfacing fabricators