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Blog entry by jim1953 posted 01-18-2009 04:49 AM 1410 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Wife Wants Wooden Counter top she had seen a teak one but teak wood is hard to find i was wondering about cherry or walnut or even oak what would you suggest THANKS

-- Jim, Kentucky



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jeffthewoodwacker

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 05:17 AM

I have made a few wooden counter tops and would go with oak or hard maple. If you have one made make sure they seal the wood before they put any finish on it. The biggest issue with a wooden counter top is water and heat from cooking. There are a few products on the market that will stand up to anything you throw at them but they are very expensive. Good luck with the project – post some photos!

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 06:32 AM

The boat industry uses alot of teak. You might try a boat manufacture or marina for a source. I believe Teak is kinda soft and might be concerned about that.
Good luck

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 07:57 AM

With teak, you’ve got the oils of the wood to think about, teak can be a little harder to glue, and there’s a number of tricks for that. Personally, I’m a fan of butcherblock counters, which usually works best with a harder wood like hard maple. In my parents house, they’ve had one for over a decade, and often has standing water on it, and has some damage due to that…but largely the fault is with the people who made it, as the sealer they used simply wasn’t up to par….and that they didn’t maintain it at all doesn’t help. But I’d still go with the maple butcherblock, finish with a good sealer and/or mineral oil, and be sure to re-coat it on a regular basis.

If you aren’t going the butcherblock way, you could also consider getting a big ole slab of wood of some kind. I’ve been thinking about a counter out of a huge slab, which I’d coat with a restaurant finish, a self-leveling clear resin which is pretty much impervious to anything (other than heat, which I’d imagine would still fry it). Type of wood pretty much depends on what slabs you can find in your area.

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Woodchuck1957

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#4 posted 01-18-2009 08:21 AM

I think I would go with Maple also, or alteast some type of close grained hardwood. Oak the grain is too open and would probably be next to imposible to keep clean, I supose you could use a grain filler on it before applying a finish, but I really don’t think Oak is the answer.

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#5 posted 01-18-2009 02:29 PM

I’ve been looking at doing these as well…..not sure on the type of wood to use but a friend of mine has made a couple of these and he uses a product called Waterlox to finish them out and they look beautiful… here is a link to some information…I know I didn’t help with this question but maybe your next one??? :-)

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#6 posted 01-18-2009 02:52 PM

Hard Maple

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#7 posted 01-18-2009 04:47 PM

The thing about hard maple is its availabilty to be purchased in laminated slabs ready to go down.

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teenagewoodworker

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#8 posted 01-18-2009 05:24 PM

whatever wood you use go with an epoxy coat. just guessing that you don’t have the ability to spray the catalyzed stuff. or the correct facilities to do it safely. that is nasty stuff.

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motthunter

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#9 posted 01-18-2009 05:26 PM

Any hardwood works.. what is more important is the finish.

I always finish all sides when it is a counter since moisture can get in from the sides.

Good luck.. It can be a great look when its done

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Woodchuck1957

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#10 posted 01-18-2009 06:03 PM

On the lines of what Bently said. I was a meat cutter for 17 years and quite a few years ago wood chopping blocks and wood cutting tables were banned for cutting on in the shops because of what Bently mentions. But I’m thinking that you won’t actually be cutting on the surface and you’ll have a seperate cutting board.

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#11 posted 01-18-2009 06:19 PM

I once saw a counter top that was unfinished pine. It had the klitchen sink right in the middle of it. Sure it was discolored and scratched, but it was fifty years old. Any expert will tell you this is a bad idea. Maybe we don’t need to pay so much attention to “experts”. Including me…I’d vote for Hickory, Ash, even Purpleheart.

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dennis mitchell

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#12 posted 01-18-2009 06:20 PM

If you are worried about water consider White Oak.

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Woodchuck1957

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#13 posted 01-18-2009 06:25 PM

I vote for Trex, lol, just kiddin. But it does have wood in it, lol. Heck, I don’t know, I’ve seen stranger things I guess.

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#14 posted 01-18-2009 06:58 PM

See what you think about this link. http://www.totallybamboo.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=22
I ordered their samples a while back and they are beautiful, the options are cool, etc. They seem to be super hard and durable too.

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#15 posted 01-18-2009 08:23 PM

I used a removed bowling alley. So I go for hard Maple.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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