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Forum topic by J0NESY posted 01-26-2019 03:16 PM 755 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2019 03:16 PM

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I am considering doing a kitchen remodel and building wood kitchen countertops. Has anyone done this before? What were the results? Do you feel they have held up? Is this something that would become more of a headache down the road? Considering good care and done right I feel this could turn out to be a good project. Any input (pros and cons) are welcome!

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#1 posted 01-26-2019 03:49 PM

Not in my home. Too subject to damage.

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#2 posted 01-26-2019 04:24 PM

I’ve not done it yet but I am planning on it. A friend has a countertops of laminated (edge grain) hard maple and it has held up well. Common sense says not to use the countertop as a cutting board.

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#3 posted 01-26-2019 05:35 PM

depending on how many people are in the house.
and – how many people will be doing the cooking and kitchen work.
and – their general knowledge and respect for wood tables.
and – would it bother you to sand and refinish every couple of years.
your house = your call.



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#4 posted 01-26-2019 05:50 PM

They look great but as already indicated they do take extra care and maintenance. The commercial wood tops will fare better than a craftsman made because most are glued with a heat treated glue process that is more resistant to water and chemicals.
There is also the consideration of the finish. An oil finish will take regular maintenance. If you were to go with a hard “floor” grade of Varathane and about 5 coats and being careful to seal the ends around the sink it could last many years. I did that on a wood counter in a guest bathroom about 20 years ago and it worked fine but it is only used about 30 days a year.

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#5 posted 01-26-2019 06:26 PM

I have done maple butcher block in 2 kitchens, the first was about 10yrs ago, and we sold that house to my daughter with 4 boys ranging from 3 to 13. They have been in the house now for 5 yrs, no damage yet. The second is the house we built for retirement. Again no problems. My biggest motivation was cost, the average cost before installation for a granite or quartz top was $45.00 a linear foot. I put in the counters for $13.00, that a huge savings, considering that our current kitchen has about 45’ of counter. I bought mine from Grizzly,, I live close to the Bellingham WA showroom so no shipping costs were involved. There is a lot of sanding involved and used 5 coats of varathane for the finish.

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#6 posted 01-26-2019 06:36 PM

I wouldn’t have one in my home, too much maintenance.

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#7 posted 01-26-2019 06:43 PM

I have sapele countertops in my pantry. I have a pile of Sapele sitting for my island countertop once I get around to redoing my kitchen.

I wouldn’t want to have a full kitchen of wood counters though, I prefer granite on prep surfaces.

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#8 posted 01-26-2019 07:52 PM

I have done it and i’m actually currently doing another one. first one I did out of poplar and put a matte poly finish on. my wife wanted it more like a bowling lane then butcher block. so I cut it all down to 1 1/2 then jointed and planed it all. after that I took half my sticks and cut them as random as I could.

Doing all that random cutting I did have the counter top about 3 inches over sized in lenght on purpose. I glued up two separate sections due to my plane only being 12 inches wide. I finish planed each section to 1inch. after that I cut it to my final length. I then took cardboard 10ft 9 inches long all taped together and scribed the wall onto the cardboard. transferred it to my counter top. then I hand planed the back to fit the wall. I also had to hand plane the joint where I glued up my 10 inch piece and my 5 inch piece. then I put a half round bit in the router and routed the front. after all that I sanded from 60 to 220. then applied the poly sanding per the instructions. it was more of an experiment then anything .

the counter top does look good I think. I wish I would have had maple at the time. but buying maple at a home store that is s2s is not cheap. the current one I am doing is maple out of 4/4 rough cut I got from a sawmill. this one is for a corner cabinet it only 35 inches wide and 16 inches deep. ill probably use a clear poly on this one as well.

I honestly wouldn’t use a wood counter top as a place to put hot pans on or near water. while poly will allow it its not a great idea. I have mine on buffet cabinets that my wife stacks stuff on like dog treats and scent pots. and they in reality are temporary till I get the other half of the kitchen done.. quarts is the way to go lol.

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#9 posted 01-27-2019 07:40 PM

I did my counter tops last year out of cypress, family of 4 and they look like the day I installed em.

one side is 12’ long and the other is 4’ and 6’, On the sink side I used an under-mount stainless sink…

Everyone loves em, we love em, they are a lot more durable than others will lead you to believe… If you seal them properly and install them properly there is ZERO maintenance… so don’t let that be a determinant in your decision.

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#10 posted 01-27-2019 07:56 PM

Go for it!! I think they look great. I’m currently drying some black walnut to redo my Island

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#11 posted 02-01-2019 04:34 AM

I wouldn t have one in my home, too much maintenance.

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