Plywood Countertop

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Project by Holden posted 01-14-2013 11:16 AM 6194 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw someone on here make a larger counter for a dining area using plywood. I used the same method to create my countertop. The plywood I used was inch and an eight T&G flooring. I cut it into strips 2” x 26”. I then flipped them on their sides and glued two foot sections together. After the glue had dried, I used an electric hand plane to level the tops and bottoms of the pieces. I then filled any gaps with a trowlable wood filler. I then joined the two foot sections using wood pocket screws. After all the pieces were in place and the countertop was secured, I routed the outside edge with an ogee bit. I then filled gaps left from the router with more wood filler and gently sanded the profile. After that was done, I coated the entire countertop with five coats of Waterlox.

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 11:30 AM

Looks terriffic, nice work, thanks for sharing.

-- Pete in NC

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 12:20 PM

Good job! Congratulations, a lot of work but will last decades.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 12:41 PM

When I saw the title I thought “What the heck? PLYWOOD for countertop??”

But seeing the finished counter I say “WOW! That’s pretty cool!”

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 01:24 PM

I am in the same boat as Joe…sounds odd on paper, but that countertop looks great.

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 01:53 PM

Sounds like a LOT of work, but the result looks great. I don’t know if I’d have enough patience for somthing like this!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 03:28 PM

When I saw the title I thought “What the heck? PLYWOOD for countertop??”

I admit, I was guilty of the same thoughts. But after seeing it hats off to you. A real thing of beauty!
Great work!!!!!

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

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 07:05 PM

That’s really cool

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

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#8 posted 01-14-2013 11:29 PM

Woo-hoo! That is nice! How did you deal with the miter angle? My home doesn’t have a square corner anywhere. Evidently, they didn’t know what a carpenter’s square was.
What are you going to use for a backsplash?

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 02:36 AM

Yes, my house is far from square as well:). It is has settled quite a bit over the past hundred years. That is why there is a gap around the outside edge of the counter. I decided to make my countertop as square as possible and leave a 1” gap (plus or minus) around the outside edge. I am going to cover the outside edge with a low-profile decorative molding. To do the mitre cut, I used a speed square to draw the line, then used a straight piece of plywood scrap as an edge guide, and cut it with my circular saw. I don’t have plans for a backsplash aside from the molding.

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#10 posted 01-15-2013 11:25 AM

That’s pretty cool looking. I concur, sounds like a lot of work. But it give you a striking and unusual countertop and you get bragging rights.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#11 posted 01-16-2013 04:29 PM

I really really like this! Looks like a ton of work… nice Job!

-- Brian

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