|Project by llwynog||posted 12-14-2013 04:02 PM||2612 views||3 times favorited||18 comments|
Druid (John) recently reminded me that I had not posted here for a while.
As it turns out, I have a few projects of which I took pictures but never got round to publishing.
So here it is, a chestnut counter-top.
The house I recently moved in had a separated kitchen and living house. We enjoyed having an opening between the two rooms in our previous apartment, so I disc-ground an opening in the brick wall and built the counter-top to fit on.
I renovated the living room but as you can see from the picture, I have not yet found the time to do the same thing with the kitchen – hence the horrid wallpaper.
I hesitated before I decided on the breadboard design: the board would probably have looked cleaner without it but I was afraid it would warp and check too much.
The wood came from a local farmer who sold me 2 boards of nearly 300cm by 90cm by 7cm each. Very nice gnarly chestnut, very wide boards.
Even resawed to 40cm, the board was too wide to fit on my 26cm wide jointer/thickness planer so everything was jointed and thicknessed by hand. for this purpose, I bought a wooden scrub plane which turned out to work like a charm and really sped up the process.
Picture 1 : Finished product
Picture 2 : Resawing the 7cm thick chestnut board to width.
Picture 3 : Breadboards in the making. In the end, I did not use any glue and the drawbored pins were enough to hold the pieces in place. I am glad I did not use any glue as, after a few months of woodstove heat exposure, the counter is already 2mm narrower than the end-boards.
Picture 4 : Woodgrain detail.
Picture 5 : Board completely planed flat with the two planes visible on the picture. Went down from 7cm to 4cm after thicknessing of the stock.
Picture 6 : I really need to work on those kitchen walls….
Until next time,
-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather