The Juniper Kitchen

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Project by Bradley posted 05-17-2012 07:29 PM 9819 views 29 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a counter top project I did two years ago in exchange for a trailer I wanted at the time. My Mentor and I designed, installed, and finished these counter tops from absolute start to finish. Literally from logging the tree out of the forest, slab cutting it on my Mentor’s wonderful Australian made Lucas brand mill, shaping, sanding, installing and so on.
There are a lot of rustic “second home” log homes and cabins in the town where I live, this was one of them.

-- ~Sorenson products

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 07:45 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.
Wonderful work.
Love that live-edge.
What kind of finish did you use?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 07:51 PM

That is so nice


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 08:29 PM

Sweet! Very nice work.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 08:51 PM

Hello Jamie Speirs and Hello Scotland! Hope I can visit your country some day! Thank you much for ALL of your generous comments!

SASmith, thank you! That finish is many coats of Teak oil followed by a water resistant coat of Spar urethane. If I have to use a urethane, I generally use Spar over Poly in wet location areas because of the water resistant rating.

-- ~Sorenson products

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 08:54 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.
Love it what kind of wood is it ?

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 09:27 PM

Hi Joe, and thank you.
that wood is Alligator Juniper (or Juniperus deppeana Steud). A fragrant semi-soft wood much like cedar.

-- ~Sorenson products

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 09:31 PM

Love the live edge work. GORGEOUS!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 09:35 PM

Thats absolutely fantastic, these look AWESOME!
Welcome to LJ’S

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

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#9 posted 05-17-2012 09:59 PM

Awesome counters! Welcome To Lumberjocks I’m a newbie too

-- The College Woodworker

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#10 posted 05-17-2012 10:00 PM

Thanks for the tip on the finish.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#12 posted 05-17-2012 10:03 PM

That is great. I wish I could get wood like that. You do wonderful work.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#13 posted 05-17-2012 10:03 PM

OK, I’m a live edge junkie. I think it is absolutely beautiful. Glad to see you with LJ’s. Already looking forward to future projects.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 05-17-2012 10:07 PM

I freakin adore those countertops! I am officially lusting now

-- Nancy

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#15 posted 05-17-2012 10:23 PM

Thank you all so much! I’m truly flattered to have fellow woodworkers post comments like these.

Wish I would have found this web site sooner, sure feel at home!

-- ~Sorenson products

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