|Project by Div||posted 10-07-2010 09:32 PM||2702 views||0 times favorited||27 comments|
I don’t like doing countertops in Pine for obvious reasons but this case was different. The look of the house is rustic; heavy timbers, hand tool finishes, you get the idea. I had milled some 80mm thick slabs of old growth Pine a while ago and one of these was perfect for the job. It was a little too narrow, so while I was at it, I joined the two pieces with butterfly keys (Candlewood).
The top was jointed and flattened with the hand tools shown – a wooden scrub plane, my beloved #5 Sweetheart and the #7. My MaFe inspired greasebox helped to smooth the way and the strop kept my irons sweet. The client specifically wanted a tooled finish. No need to go to perfect, plane marks had to show, so I didn’t bother with smoothing planes. The edges got done in an “imperfect” way with a spoke shave.
This Kitchen top will get several coats of Boiled Linseed Oil only. With some scrubbings and a few spills to add character, it will have that worn look in no time.
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."