Bathroom / Vanity Countertop from Gummy Cherry

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Project by CClark86 posted 01-11-2017 02:51 PM 3379 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I recently moved into our first house and one of the first house projects she requested was to redo our master bathroom. It has an old cultured marble top that she wanted to replace with ‘something else.’ It took a little work to convince her to let me do a wood counter top but eventually I wore her down.

I ended up going with 5/4 gummy cherry, sanded to a polish at 4000 grit, oiled several times with Linseed Oil for luster, applied coats of clear penetrating epoxy sealer for water resistance and then finished with several coats of poly. I replaced the old counter top, attached it to allow for movement on the cabinets and plumbed the sinks myself. I made it from 4 boards, 3 on the base and 1 for the back splash, cut slight curves into the fronts of the sinks, routed a decorative profile and cut an angle into the sides so that it isn’t perfectly rectangular.

Doing the sinks and plumbing was an absolute disaster that I had to redo several times through trial and error… but the counter top turned out great!

Gummy Cherry is such a great wood with ‘spalting’ features, my local supplier also sells it less than clear cherry which is a win win in my book.

I’ve gotten a lot of concerned questions regarding using wood as a counter top but I don’t foresee it ever being an issue. With the amount of epoxy I sealed the wood under water can’t get to it and I think I accounted for letting the whole thing move enough through the seasons.



-- Hobbyist Homebrewer, Woodworker, Glider Pilot. But only ever two at the same time.

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#1 posted 01-11-2017 03:20 PM

Looks spectacular.
Sounds like you have the water issue covered… you can stress over finger nail polish and remover. Have to think that will eat right into the epoxy. I have some pretty pink dots that my daughter splattered on cabinet doors. The lacquer polish melted right into the lacquer door finish and became one with the door. Guess I should have used Poly on the cabinets.
Here’s hoping your top stays beautiful for a long time.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-11-2017 06:12 PM

that made a gorgeous top,well done.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 01-11-2017 06:26 PM

Beautiful work. I really like the curves in front of the sinks. A small detail that takes this to the next level!!

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#5 posted 01-11-2017 08:57 PM

That wood is so beautiful. What a lovely counter! Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 01-11-2017 10:57 PM

That is a mighty fine counter. I love the cherry and the darker grain. Congrats on a great project.

-- --Zach

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#7 posted 01-11-2017 11:04 PM

Chris that is an absolutely beautiful countertop. Your design for the slight curves at the sinks is an outstanding touch. Your choice of Cherry was fantastic. Such wonder grain and color. A really great job.

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#8 posted 01-12-2017 12:46 AM

All the expletives have been used. Nice job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 01-12-2017 12:47 AM

I like everything about this project. Thanks for posting.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#10 posted 01-12-2017 01:09 PM

Very Pretty the cherry is most beautiful. Your wife should be very happy. Congratulations a job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 01-14-2017 05:49 AM

Hi ! Brand new member here – when you say “attached it to allow for movement on the cabinets” – what do you mean exactly? How did you attach it so that there could be movement.. (movement from the cabinets shifting?) I don’t totally understand the movement issue but I would love to know since this seems like something a new person could easily overlook. Cheers!

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#12 posted 01-16-2017 08:30 PM

Danielhoer – I created some corner braces that would attach to the cabinets and I had drilled / routed slots into running with the direction of the grain movement. I screwed the countertop into those slots with washers that will allow the top to seasonally move forward and backward (direction of the grain movement)

-- Hobbyist Homebrewer, Woodworker, Glider Pilot. But only ever two at the same time.

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