|Forum topic by Kent||posted 03-21-2011 02:37 AM||1776 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
03-21-2011 02:37 AM
I was once an avid contributor back when this great site started in 2006. I will try to post more in the coming weeks. But questions relate to
Wood Kitchen Countertops.
As a short preliminary, I have been working on my house for 9 weeks or so now, 3 or 4 ten hour days per week. My new cherry Kraftsmaid cabinets will arrive on Wednesday. Are these pretty decent cabinets? I purchased them Home Depot. I figure I will let them acclimate 2-3 days? Long enough? The cherry countertops will be one of the finals step of this home renovation. My hands and body hurt all over. (I put down 500 square foot of tile with backerboard and 325 square feet of hickory; I removed walls, built arches and will do 11 steps in walnut soon.
I will have roughly 4 different tops each 26” wide and about 44 inches long. Edge glued cherry with biscuits.
1) should I put some 3/4” plywood underneath (between the cherry and the cabinet? I was going to trim out the edges with 2” walnut. I like the extra height but am wondering if it is necessary or desireable to have this under the cherry; If I do….
2) should I put silicone between the plywood and the cherry to allow some movement? I can’t imagine I should glue it. felt paper? How movement is really going to happen. My cherry has been dry for 8 years.
3) how would you nail or screw the cherry down? I want to allow it to move….Perhaps just a few finish nails with my nailer? do i nail the plywood to the cabinet? Or just skip the plywood and screw the cherry to the cabinet from underneath?
4) I do not plan on using this surface for chutting or chopping. (I have plenty end grain boards for that). I would like to hard finish with out too much gloss. What are your recommendations for the final finish after I stain it with matching stain for the cabinet? I would like something more than mineral oil and salad bowl varnish is not necessary since I am not eating on it.
Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.
Kent from Urbana IL