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Barnwood Countertops #8: A Stopping Point...Help with next steps please

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Blog entry by spunwood posted 957 days ago 1135 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay. I have the countertops to size, the breadboards ready, and a few peg holes left to make.

I just realized that the sink will be on top of two of the breadboard ends

I have gotten a good fit, but I am concerned about water!

I only drilled holes in the two breadboards by the sink from underneath, but even with a good solid fit, water is going to be a problem.

I am thinking of putting a finish on the inside of the breadboards and on the tenons to seal them…maybe the varathane clear oil finish. Water will not be a huge issue except where the sink is.

Also, there are holes that I need to put epoxy into.
so here is my over all plan. Let me know what yall think:

1. Finish getting the holes and pins made for the breadboards
2. Put Varathane (or an oil) inside the 2 breadboards and tenons by the sink
3. Get the wood backslpash ready to be attached by drilling pocket holes in back
4. Get apron ready
5. Sand all pieces
6. Attach bread boards permanently
7. Do edge treatment (eased edges or chamfer)
8. Make spline for attaching/aligning left sink to biggest counter area
9. Light coat of oil for color
10. Epoxy (SOME SMALL HOLES, SOME BIG ONES, & EMPTY SPACES AROUND KNOTS)
11. Varathane
12. Wax
13. Attach backsplash
14. Install countertops & glue middle of spline
15. Wax once or twice more with Johnson’s Paste Wax

So am I just crazy to put the breadboards there?

I have learned so much, but will never do this kind of wood countertop again

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν



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spunwood

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#1 posted 957 days ago

Just to clarify, the drawing does not show a change of plans, that the sink will be supported by two breadboard ends whose edges (meating of counter and breadboard) will be exposed.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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spunwood

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#2 posted 957 days ago

I have also considered covering the whole thing with epoxy, but would be concerned with movement, and also the look and texture.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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spunwood

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#3 posted 957 days ago

Yes, I am aware that I am, as of now, just talking to myself:)

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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learnin2do

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#4 posted 957 days ago

i am having a litlle trouble imagining… i am guessing you are, ideally, wanting the breadboards to be just oiled/waxed…? would it be too weird looking to just epoxy the ends that are next to the sink? -or or spar varnish, i guess that is what you said. i like it the best when i want my outside items protected, but not shiny, but i have never used it on anything so precise as that.

-- christine

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spunwood

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#5 posted 957 days ago

Well, I actually want to put varathane over the whole thing, but I figure water is surely going to spill out from the sink and seep down the crack between the breadboard and the countertop. That is why I was thinking of finishing the inside of the BB too, or possibly epoxy something.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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learnin2do

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#6 posted 957 days ago

is epoxy effective outdoors? or will it crack off?

-- christine

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spunwood

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#7 posted 957 days ago

Epoxy is often used on boats
http://www.systemthree.com/

It is pretty expensive however

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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489tad

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#8 posted 955 days ago

Brandon, I think any finish around and under the sink area is a good idea. Don’t sweat it, a lot of sinks are installed in partical board with laminate tops. Only clauk is used to seal and they last a long time. Just make sure to mop up any standing water and if you want to pull the sink every five years to reapply the finish, you could do that too.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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spunwood

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#9 posted 955 days ago

Tad, Can’t tell you how much I appriciate it. That is very encouraging and makes a lot of sense (not sweating it, mopping up, and renewing the finish when needed).

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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