|Project by bruc101||posted 04-01-2012 04:27 AM||9423 views||6 times favorited||13 comments|
I build all the wood countertops and fabricate all the solid surface countertops in my shop for my clients. I would say I do 50-50 on both.
Building a wood countertop can be fun and challenging at the same time but the end results gives many rewards to us after we install one.
This Cypress top was fun and we had no problems with it. I found out many years ago it doesn’t pay to just jump in and build a pretty top for a kitchen without forethought no manner how good woodworking skills have.
A wood countertop will be used and needs to be able to take some abuse at the same time. The wood, area and how a home is heated and cooled can play in important factor in the long term end results of how the countertop will hold up.
This countertop was built out of 1 3/4 inch Cypress. Each board was run through a planer and then a sander to try and have equal thickness boards before the glue up. I have a jointer but I do all of my straight lining on a table saw. I very seldom ever use my jointer. For my personal use and best results I use the Freud Glue Line Rip Blade. It does a much better job for me than any other blade and I’ve pretty much tried them all.
I used biscuits on the 45 degree miter, four across the top and four across the bottom..no glue. The top sits on a frame that looks like 2 inch face frames with slotted holes so the top can move. The top is extremely heavy and needed extra support to keep it flat and room to move around on. On each side of the stove we added a heat shield using the same material that we use with drop in cook tops in solid surfaces tops.
The top was dyed with an alcohol dye and has five coats of Waterloc sprayed on both the top and bottom. We do one coat on each side at the same time with an 8 to 12 hour dry time between coats.Once the top was dry we buffed it with cornstarch and then hand rubbed it with tack rags.
It’s a beautiful top in a home that was built in 1947 and rest on metal cabinets that dates back to the 50’s.
The top has been installed for several years now and looks as good as it did the we installed it.
-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org