Kitchen Island Counter Top

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Blog entry by DogwoodTales posted 09-15-2011 06:45 AM 1232 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a kitchen island counter top that I made for a customer. It is made from solid zebrawood and is finished with catalyzed lacquer. It has quite a striking grain pattern – and quite a story to tell to go with it of how it was made and subsequently repaird following an error from the installation of the counter top.

I kept a video log of the entire project and will start uploading videos of this project to my dogwoodtales Youtube channel and web site soon.

Every project is a story unto itself.

-- Ray,, Cincinnati, OH

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#1 posted 09-15-2011 06:47 AM

Hmmm … that video didn’t embed as it should have. Oh, well. Here is the link.

-- Ray,, Cincinnati, OH

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 01:15 PM

Beautiful top. Looking forward to the video series. My only experience with zebra wood was using it as part of an end grain cutting board. The odor it gave off was foul. I still have the board. Couldn’t give that to anyone. I assume you either didn’t have that issue or overcame it somehow. I’d like to know.

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 02:38 PM

Thanks for the accolades. Yes, it does give off quite a foul odor during the milling and sanding process. My girls said that the reason why it was named zebrawood was because it smells like zebra poop! However, once all the milling and sanding was complete there really wasn’t any such odor – especially after finishing it with the catalyzed lacquer.
Another thing about working with solid zebrawood, as you may have experienced, is that I found that I couldn’t rely on the obvious grain direction as I would sometimes get tear out even when I was milling with the grain. But then I would try going against the grain in that same spot and there wouldn’t be any tear out. I’m not inexperienced at woodworking either, so I should be able to pick out the obvious grain direction. I’ve heard of other wood species (was it hickory?) having this characteristic, but this is the first time I’ve experienced it.

-- Ray,, Cincinnati, OH

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