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Countertop for kitchen island

by staf0048
posted 11-12-2018 06:16 PM

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#1 posted 11-12-2018 06:23 PM

One word of advice, “plastic laminate”.

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#2 posted 11-12-2018 07:04 PM

One word of advice, “plastic laminate”.

- bondogaposis


-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 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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#4 posted 11-12-2018 11:32 PM

I agree with the above. If you want something serviceable at minimal cost, go with MDF or particle board and plastic laminate. You can get it with a wood look if that is what you want.

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#5 posted 11-13-2018 12:40 AM

Thanks everyone!

I hadn’t really considered laminate before, but after seeing your replies and doing some research, that does seem to be a better option for our needs.

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#6 posted 11-13-2018 01:15 AM

Where are you located and what are you wanting to spend on just the top?

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#7 posted 11-13-2018 03:32 PM

Where are you located and what are you wanting to spend on just the top?

Colorado. I think I could get the bases done for $300, so would be looking at $200 range for the top.

If I go the laminate route, I’m looking at a cost of appx.$120 to get the top done.

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#8 posted 11-13-2018 06:31 PM

I had a need for some weird shape and size counter-tops and looked into laminate and wasn’t too impressed.
Expensive for “specialty work” and couldn’t get the look I wanted at the edges.
Granite and other solid stuff out of my price too.

Went with tile. Doubled up plywood and triple coated with poly over the dishwasher.
They make corners, curved bull-nose and cove. Got creative. Nicest part was not working on knees. Did a back splash too. Use epoxy grout.


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#9 posted 11-13-2018 06:51 PM

A band of hardwood makes a great edge for a laminate top. Use good quality plywood for the substrate, apply the laminate, wrap with the wood, and finish by chamfering the edge.

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