|Project by CClark86||posted 01-11-2017 02:51 PM||1517 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
My wife and I recently moved into our first house and one of the first house projects she requested was to redo our master bathroom. It has an old cultured marble top that she wanted to replace with ‘something else.’ It took a little work to convince her to let me do a wood counter top but eventually I wore her down.
I ended up going with 5/4 gummy cherry, sanded to a polish at 4000 grit, oiled several times with Linseed Oil for luster, applied coats of clear penetrating epoxy sealer for water resistance and then finished with several coats of poly. I replaced the old counter top, attached it to allow for movement on the cabinets and plumbed the sinks myself. I made it from 4 boards, 3 on the base and 1 for the back splash, cut slight curves into the fronts of the sinks, routed a decorative profile and cut an angle into the sides so that it isn’t perfectly rectangular.
Doing the sinks and plumbing was an absolute disaster that I had to redo several times through trial and error… but the counter top turned out great!
Gummy Cherry is such a great wood with ‘spalting’ features, my local supplier also sells it less than clear cherry which is a win win in my book.
I’ve gotten a lot of concerned questions regarding using wood as a counter top but I don’t foresee it ever being an issue. With the amount of epoxy I sealed the wood under water can’t get to it and I think I accounted for letting the whole thing move enough through the seasons.
-- Hobbyist Homebrewer, Woodworker, Glider Pilot. But only ever two at the same time.