Mahogany island top????

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12-09-2011 04:09 AM

What are your thoughts on them?
My wife and I went to a house tour today and we were able to get into seven of the nicer houses in town.
Two of them had what looked to be mahogany island tops.

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#1 posted 12-09-2011 04:40 AM

Why not ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 12-09-2011 07:08 AM

Beautiful wood, that’s for sure….great for a counter too!

-- Childress Woodworks

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#3 posted 12-09-2011 07:59 AM

I would make sure it was real wood, some of the new counter top materials are very realistic. Have you ever noticed that no one sells wood counter tops, not at the big box stores or at the cabinet shops, it’s because wood makes a poor counter top. If you make one it will take constant attention and care, it can be done but the maintentance is high.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 12-09-2011 05:15 PM

It will work just fine. I just finished a 30” square table for the kitchen using walnut for the top. Spend some time on the finish. I used 5 coats of Modern Masters water borne poly after sealing and staining.


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#5 posted 12-09-2011 05:43 PM

They can be beautiful. You just have to remember that it will require the same care as a dining table, so it is more subject to damage from abuse than a more traditional countertop material.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 12-10-2011 03:08 AM

I though the tops looked nice but my concern was functionality. Imagine trying to cut food on a top like that.
I’m not one to go get the cutting board every time I reach for a knife or a pot pad for each pot coming off the stove top.
Then there’s the wife factor. who wants to hear her for every little nick and scratch…......

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#7 posted 12-10-2011 04:33 AM

rubbish to the “Nay” sayers

In a heart beat. You don’t see them in the “average” home because the “average” person cant afford it or maybe they are the ones who think a “wrinkle” and a “grey hair” doesn’t add character : ))………..cuz I think people should live and everyone seems gutless to cut a carrot on a plastic laminate counter they just dropped 700 bucks on and had I spent 700 on a plastic laminate counter, I would chop their hands off if they dared scratch it….jus sayn : )…never use a knife on PLam.

Wood, on the other hand is a such a forgiving gift. Cut on it, chop on it, sit on it and its warm : ) Park a naked ass on a stone counter and betting it wont be yours cuz the stuff is cold and watch what it does to your knife, seems to me most folk go and get a cutting board and truth be told……..I’m lazy so playing fetch is no longer my cup of tea. jus sayn that people spend a lotta time making a “cutting board” when really……

a chefs dream is a “big ass” cutting board and they arent afraid to use it. The knicks, the cuts, the dents, they all become the character of the slab of wood,the counter isnt much different then your work bench and I am personally biased as I love to cook kinda like making history : ))

do it

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#8 posted 12-10-2011 04:36 AM

If you’re serious about this, I think it’d be beautiful. I’d also agree that the finish needs to be well done, and keep in mind the extra maintenance, as Charlie pointed out.

After reading your comments, some things to consider might be to incorporate a cutting board section into the top of it that can lift out for cleaning and eventually replacement if it starts looking too beaten-up for your liking, compared to the rest of the countertop. You could also do the same and have little removable squares that would be trivets. You could have the cutting board and trivets slightly raised, and maybe leave the trivets unfinished. Just a thought.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 12-10-2011 05:28 AM


I lied

I use a knife on plam everyday and I wish it was wood :b)

no brainer

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 12-10-2011 06:05 AM

am I confused ?

do I pick door no., 1 with plam counters

or door # 2 with stone counters

or door # 3 with stainless steel counters

or door # 4 with concrete counters

or door # 5 with glass counters

the right piece of wood


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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