Island Countertop

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Project by knotscott posted 1986 days ago 2384 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a hard maple countertop I made for our kitchen island in the summer of 2007. All of the maple was salvaged….most of it was former “bumper board” from work, some was roadside discards from a set of twin beds. The matching stools were made later on from scraps of the same maple, but we were originally going to buy the them….just couldn’t find anything we liked that was reasonably priced.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#1 posted 1986 days ago

Great salvage job, and really nice work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 1986 days ago

I’m with Charlie on this one, great job. I like the design of the stools.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#3 posted 1986 days ago

What finish did you use? You seem to have some amber in the top. Is that from just varnish or did you stain it a bit? It came out great either way…looks like glass!

-- Patrick

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#4 posted 1986 days ago

Be carefull. Look like things might slide off that top. Nice finish.

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#5 posted 1986 days ago

Yeah…it seems milk is especially prone to sliding off the top!

The finish is just a satin oil base poly. I suspect some of the coloring is just from the camera. Compared to the actual color I see with my eyes, the pics of the stools seem a bit lighter and the top a bit more gold . To the eye, both are fairly light with a bit of a golden hue.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 1986 days ago

Very nice work and superb finish!

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 1986 days ago

This is a really nice looking counter top and the matching stools look good as well. And making it out of salvaged materials is a wonderful way to re-use discarded wood. Nice job on the finish as well.

I just hope that you had some help in carrying and fitting the top. That thing must weigh a ton!! :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 1986 days ago

That is really nice.

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#9 posted 1985 days ago

counter looks great…good job…stools are cool as well….

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#10 posted 1985 days ago

Nice craftsmanship, very nice!

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#11 posted 1985 days ago

truly awesome…and knowing it is salvaged makes it even better…what did you use for that shine? it loooks wet!! but i am sure there are several coats of something….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 1979 days ago

Nice countertop.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 1811 days ago

Just did a search of kitchen island projects looking for ideas. Your top looks great going to add it to my favorites to look back at.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#14 posted 1811 days ago

Good Job Scott looks great.

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#15 posted 1405 days ago

That countertops shape is inspiring

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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