|Forum topic by Nate_AM||posted 02-23-2012 08:20 AM||4644 views||0 times favorited||96 replies|
02-23-2012 08:20 AM
I just bought a house badly in need of a new kitchen, so I took the opportunity to get something I’ve wanted for a long time: wood counter tops. The vision that came to me included a decent single-hole faucet (easy to clean around and keep dry) and a stainless sink under-mounted in a fabulous wood counter top, waterloxed to the brim, that I could rub with a diaper monthly for the rest of my life.
Our contractor recommended a woodworker to me, who offered to custom build my counter tops in hard maple. We agreed on a small counter top around the sink for $600, and a 6×11 island for $2600. The $600 included cutting the hole for the sink and sanding every surface to a finish-ready state.
I asked him if he’d be comfortable cutting the three 1 3/8” holes for the faucet/sprayer/filter, and he readily obliged. On Friday he brought the counter top to the new house for sizing and to cut the holes, and before I left I noted with some consternation that he was using a paddle bit. I didn’t hover or offer advice, telling myself to trust a pro who clearly has unusual skill with hand drills.
Poor assumption. When I went back later I was greeted with this:
The tear-out will protrude from underneath the faucet’s 2” round escutcheon plate. That’s one problem. The other problem is that the holes are too big. The middle one is a little more than 1 1/2”, leaving less than 1/4” for the faucet gasket to seal, assuming the faucet is perfectly centered. And that seal ain’t happening anyway given the condition of the rim.
I notified our woodworker of my displeasure, and here was his response:
“I am sorry you feel this way but before I bought the drill bit I verified the size by measuring 4 or 5 sinks with predrilled faucet holes at home depot, they were 1 1/2”, I used a 1 1/2” drill bit. As far as the chip, maple is a very hard wood to work with and usually chips when you drill or cut it on the end grain. I can fill it, with a oil based product that will not dissolve with water, if you want.”
At this point I’d like to stop and just ask for opinions. What should I do? How should this be fixed?