Kitchen Island Countertop

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Project by SkiTique posted 02-26-2016 04:03 PM 1672 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first attempt at a wood island countertop, it is made of 2” strips of cherry and walnut, finished with 5 coats of Waterlox. Unfortunately, we decided we wanted a larger overhang for additional seating, so this is bring cut down to become the laundry room countertop and a bench in our mud room. The new countertop will be made of 6” wide pieces of hickory.

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#1 posted 02-26-2016 04:07 PM

Looks great.I hope you don’t have wood movement problems with the end boards.

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#2 posted 02-26-2016 04:58 PM

That is quite an eye catcher.

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#3 posted 02-26-2016 05:29 PM

We also thought possibly too much of an eye catcher, didn’t want the stripes to take away from the rest of the kitchen.

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#4 posted 02-26-2016 05:39 PM


I’m with a1Jim on the wood movement but Cherry and Walnut are “fairly” stable; unlike oak. If there is a problem it will probably occur first in the mitered framing corners. It is a nice finishing touch but it would have been better to leave those off or possibly putting end trim on without the miters in floating mount used “bread board” fashion.

I’m also concerned about the glossy finish. It will be hard to maintain and easily scratched, although some of the newer clear floor finishes are pretty hard. In my opinion an oil finish would have been better and easier to repair scratches on. I like the processed Walnut oil for that. It dries cleaner and harder than mineral oil that is so often used.
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#5 posted 02-26-2016 07:39 PM

I appreciate the feedback and critiques regarding the mitered corners and the end pieces. The photos with the glossy finish are actually when the Waterlox was wet, the last two with the more dull finish are the final sheen. Thanks for the tip on the Walnut oil, I’ll look into that as well, I have very limited experience with finishing.

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#6 posted 02-27-2016 03:15 AM

Nice work!

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#7 posted 02-27-2016 05:44 AM

Well done and I am sure the next one will be just as nice

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#8 posted 02-27-2016 02:20 PM

Beautiful, too bad you have to cut it up!

Oh, by the way…. I ‘d kill to have that stove in my kitchen ! :-)

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#9 posted 03-03-2016 01:33 AM

I just finished a similar project last month, I used several different species for the top. I’m working on some matching stools now, will post when done

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