Chestnut Counter-top

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Project by llwynog posted 12-14-2013 04:02 PM 3869 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Druid (John) recently reminded me that I had not posted here for a while.
As it turns out, I have a few projects of which I took pictures but never got round to publishing.

So here it is, a chestnut counter-top.
The house I recently moved in had a separated kitchen and living house. We enjoyed having an opening between the two rooms in our previous apartment, so I disc-ground an opening in the brick wall and built the counter-top to fit on.

I renovated the living room but as you can see from the picture, I have not yet found the time to do the same thing with the kitchen – hence the horrid wallpaper.

I hesitated before I decided on the breadboard design: the board would probably have looked cleaner without it but I was afraid it would warp and check too much.

The wood came from a local farmer who sold me 2 boards of nearly 300cm by 90cm by 7cm each. Very nice gnarly chestnut, very wide boards.
Even resawed to 40cm, the board was too wide to fit on my 26cm wide jointer/thickness planer so everything was jointed and thicknessed by hand. for this purpose, I bought a wooden scrub plane which turned out to work like a charm and really sped up the process.

Picture 1 : Finished product
Picture 2 : Resawing the 7cm thick chestnut board to width.
Picture 3 : Breadboards in the making. In the end, I did not use any glue and the drawbored pins were enough to hold the pieces in place. I am glad I did not use any glue as, after a few months of woodstove heat exposure, the counter is already 2mm narrower than the end-boards.
Picture 4 : Woodgrain detail.
Picture 5 : Board completely planed flat with the two planes visible on the picture. Went down from 7cm to 4cm after thicknessing of the stock.
Picture 6 : I really need to work on those kitchen walls….

Until next time,

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 04:10 PM

Wow! That’s a beautiful counter top!

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 05:15 PM

Nice work Fabrice. That chestnut is some beautiful wood. I too started using a scrub plane recently (flea market Stanley with cambered blade) and am finding it to be an incredible tool for hogging off the wood.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 05:22 PM

What an amazing slab, looks fantastic.

-- -- Tyson

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 06:01 PM

Hi Fabrice.
Good to see you back, and that is one beautiful piece of chestnut. BUT . . . if you have any visitors who are woodworkers, keep an eye on that countertop when they leave. Have a great day.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 12-14-2013 07:09 PM

I like how you kept the bow-ties at a low key so as not to distract to much from the full counter top and the beauty of the wood.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#6 posted 12-14-2013 07:14 PM

Beautiful counter top. The grain is incredible and as a kid of the power tool generation I am always inspired when I see projects like this completed with hand tools. Did you fill the crack with a coloured epoxy? Looks great with the bowties!

Thanks for sharing and I agree with you on the wall paper

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#7 posted 12-14-2013 09:27 PM

I really like the counter. The dutchmans set it off and makes it stand out.

-- John

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#8 posted 12-14-2013 11:46 PM

Great job of bow tieing it all together

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 12-15-2013 05:24 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 12-15-2013 09:13 AM

Wow, great looking counter top. I really like the way you did the ends and the corners….awsome.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 12-15-2013 12:56 PM

Très beau travail, j’aime le choix de bois, et le tout fait à la main? super !!!

-- andrek

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#12 posted 12-15-2013 05:03 PM

Wowza great looking slab… Love it….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 12-15-2013 08:05 PM

good looking wood! nice floor in the dining room also!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#14 posted 12-16-2013 05:00 AM

Nice looking natural top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 12-16-2013 08:26 PM

Thank you everyone for your kind words.
I filled the cracks with epoxy.
I was quite happy with the bowties but my wife was not of the same opinion…

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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