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#1 posted 11-12-2018 07:27 PM

I would absolutely not use a maple veneer plywood. One gouge and it will be ruined.

I made counter tops for my kitchen last year using Sapele. I posted a blog here about the process. They still look great, no issues with water or other stains and the wood movement has been fine (but I accounted for it in the installation and joinery process). Only evidence is a little caulk pulling away at the wall and the breadboard ends being 1/8” proud of the edge when the panel shrunk.

If you are using lumber, make sure it is dry and make sure you are installing it in a way that will let it move. I used threaded inserts in the bottom of my counter tops and put the bolts/washers into elongated holes.

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