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Project by stevenmadden posted 03-28-2012 10:03 PM 2379 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from hard maple and walnut. Finished with three or four coats of General Finishes wiping polyurethane (first few coats gloss, second to last coat semi-gloss, last coat semi-gloss and naphtha mix). Also made a matching board (not shown) to sit on the small shelf just above this one (see last photo).

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 11:33 PM

Great Job
Very nice design

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 12:29 AM

Looks good Steven…...I have some appreciation for making these long glue-ups and yours turned out great!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 01:07 AM

Very Nice! Thats an eye catcher!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 01:07 AM

Wow!!! That is rich

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 01:07 AM

Very pretty!


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#6 posted 03-29-2012 01:32 AM

This is the fiirst counter top I have seen using multiple woods. I really think it adds a sophisticated look to this counter top

-- Bruce, Arnold MD

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#7 posted 03-29-2012 01:43 AM

Very nice, looks awesome.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 01:44 AM

Very nice work and great design.

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#9 posted 03-29-2012 03:53 AM

Wonderful counter top. Really looks great with the contrasting woods

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 03-29-2012 06:41 AM

That is way too pretty to ever use!
Nice work, you should be proud.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 03-29-2012 08:07 AM

Very nice really shows off the wood! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 03-30-2012 02:21 AM

Very dramatic, very pretty. Like JL7 said, well done long glue up. I assume the plugs are for a floating end cap. Am curious as to why the naphtha in the last coat.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#13 posted 03-30-2012 03:43 AM

vipond33: Thanks for the compliment. Those are bread board ends, which have three portions that are longer (kind of like tenons), where the pegs are located. I only glue the middle tenon, maybe about 2”-3”, the other two have elongated holes to allow for movement. The rest of it is about a 3/4” tongue, with about a 3/4” shoulder, with no glue. The end cap is “sprung”, or has a spring joint (concave where the end cap meets the counter top). The holes in the tongue are also drilled slightly closer to the shoulder (about 1/16”). When the end caps are clamped, it closes the gap and pulls the length of the joint together very tightly. The pegs are driven through (only gluing the middle), which pulls the end cap in even more (due to the offset holes), and the clamps can be removed. Very tight and very strong joint, but still allows for wood movement.

To answer your question, the naphtha flashes off leaving a thin coat of finish. I use about a 50/50 mix, which doesn’t have to be exact. Very easy to apply and dries very quickly, leaving very little time for anything to settle in the finish.

Everyone: Thank you for taking the time to comment.


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#14 posted 03-30-2012 04:31 AM

Steven – appreciate the detailed response, must try the naphtha method.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#15 posted 03-31-2012 09:02 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

-- Carrying Anger is like Swallowing Poison and waiting for the Other Person to Die!

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