Stove Topper

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Project by Len posted 06-06-2008 11:33 PM 4621 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife hated the black glass top on the stove that came with our new home. No matter how many times she cleaned it, “every speck of dust stands out on it, and it always looks dirty!” If this sounds familiar to you, try cleaning out your “stick box”, and make one of these. To save weight, I planed the sticks to 1/2” before gluing. It’s made of scraps of poplar, cherry and walnut.

-- Len Rogers

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#1 posted 06-06-2008 11:48 PM

Cool I can definately understand her frustration. What do do with it when you are using the stove?

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 06-07-2008 12:16 AM

I love my smooth topped stove, but this does seem like a great way to increase the counter space, and life of the top.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 06-07-2008 12:22 AM

If I made one of these for my wife, I would make a thousand of them for my wife. I know she would put it on without turning off the burners, and turn on the burners without taking it off. I would have to include some type of “tagout/lockout system. bbqKing

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#4 posted 06-07-2008 01:20 AM

Really Cool Idea!

I have a friend who dropped a frozen turkey on their stove top- this would have saved a huge repair bill.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-07-2008 01:28 AM

Glenn: That’s why I was concerned about weight, and planed the board thinner. When she needs to use the stove, she just slides it in next to the refrigerator. As to putting it on when the stove is hot, I’m thankful she just waits until it’s cool! As to the frozen turkey dropped on the glass top—what’s with this trend toward granite counter tops??!!

-- Len Rogers

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#6 posted 06-07-2008 02:09 AM

great solution…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 06-07-2008 02:54 AM

Thay are a pain to keep clean. That’s a great solution.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 06-07-2008 05:15 AM

That’s a great idea. If you made it from end grain—- it would have been a great cutting board. Two birds with one stone. But end grain would have been a LOT of work. This looks great. I’ll have to consider it when I get my new stove.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#9 posted 06-07-2008 10:39 AM

Great idea and wife pleaser. You did good, keeping peace and making a beautiful cutting board. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 06-07-2008 02:06 PM

Another good reason for NOT throwing out scrap wood. My only problem is it’s starting to over take the shop. I guess I need to make one of these to get rid of some of it.
Good looking board. I know your wife is happy.

-- JJohn

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#11 posted 06-13-2008 11:09 AM


This is a wonderful idea!! We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen and my wife wanted a glass top stove. I was not aware of the difficulty with them but this definately gives me insight into using up some of my “scraps”.

Nice post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 12-25-2008 10:32 PM

Len, nice work!

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#13 posted 01-06-2011 03:08 AM

I have a sealed cooktop range. I appreciate your wife’s frustration. I would LOVE a gas stove!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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