In the previous couple of years, kitchen DIYs have gotten very fashionable. They don’t need to be excessive and so they additionally don’t have to interrupt your pockets. Should you’re wanting so as to add an inexpensive strategy to get some stable counter tops you then’re studying the correct weblog. Take a look at my countertop plans and comply with alongside!
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Supplies I Used to Construct the Countertop
Step 1: Transferring Materials to the Store and Slicing Edges
The very first thing I did was transfer my cell cart to the aspect of my miter noticed stand. That is so I can flip out the wing and pull materials instantly from the cart to the noticed and minimize the ends. Everytime you’re becoming a member of boards collectively you want all the perimeters and ends to be at a 90 and straight. The miter takes care of all of the ends. It’s additionally at this step that you would be able to minimize your boards to size. I like to recommend taking the measurement your prime must be then leaving your self and additional 1” or 2. You’ll minimize it down completely afterward.
Step 2: Rounding The Edges of the Materials
Subsequent is to knock off the rounded edges of the fabric. In case you have a jointer, then you should use it to get one edge flat…..and one face flat. Subsequent I transfer the gorgeous massive pile to my desk noticed. Right here I ensure that to position the jointed edge up towards the tablesaw fence to get the second edge parallel. Then I exploit the thickness planer to get the second face flat.
Now in case you don’t have a jointer then I’ll go away you a hyperlink to 2 movies I’ve finished the place I present tips on how to use a desk noticed or a router as a jointer. However you may positively preserve this challenge easy and let it’s somewhat imperfect. Should you solely have a tablesaw, you should use it to chop off every rounded edge, then go away the face alone. This methodology would require extra sanding and also you may find yourself with a couple of small gaps, however you may nonetheless construct your self some counter tops.
Step 3: Creating the Countertop Sample
Okay after getting all the fabric sq. and straight, I subsequent laid out my boards to get the depth my countertop and shelf wanted then began rearranging them. The very first thing I do is line up one aspect of the boards to be in step with each other. Now my completed countertop will land about right here but it surely’s aways finest to make a much bigger than wanted slab then minimize it down ultimately.
Subsequent I take a look at the tree ring course and attempt to stagger them. See how these rings curve down? This one is fairly heart however this one curves up, this one down, What you need you keep away from is all of the rings going through the identical course as that may promote all the slab to cup in that course whereas alternating them will oppose forces.
The subsequent factor I take a look at is the place all of the seams line up, see how most all land proper on this zone? I would like somewhat extra selection so what you are able to do is take smaller boards and place them on the entrance. Simply flip flop the 2 boards and that may push the seam away from the others. To the place after I did that with a couple of different rows, now my seams have been spaced out all throughout the slab.
Okay then very last thing I checked out earlier than sticking issues collectively, was the butt joints. You may see this joint doesn’t shut properly. If it doesn’t shut properly now, it positively gained’t one you set glue on it so take the time to re minimize each ends right here on the miter noticed.
Step 4: Assembling the Countertop
Okay now lets do the factor that I’d guess causes probably the most stress in woodworking. I’m speaking about glue up! It is not uncommon while you’re first beginning to construct to make a giant slab like this and attempt to glue up all of the boards at one time. Nevertheless, you be taught actually fast that it’s approach higher to do a number of small glue ups so they arrive out proper moderately than rush it and mess it up or stress your self out.
Once you’re glueing issues along with yellow wooden glue, my go to is DAPS Weldwood, you usually have about 3-4 minutes of working time, which isn’t quite a bit. So have as many issues able to go as you may akin to clamps, brushes, mallets, and bisquets in my case. Which lets discuss subsequent. You may positively minimize all of your boards and simply glue then clamp them collectively however the place bisquets assistance is with aligning the tops.
When you apply glue to 2 surfaces they are going to slip and slide and getting a superbly flush prime is nearly unimaginable. By chopping in bisquets slots…. this device references the highest of every board to chop in a slot on every edge in order that while you insert a biscuit, it’s going to routinely align every board and never permit it to slide round whereas making use of stress. Options that obtain the identical factor are dowels or a domino however bear in mind you may positively simply glue up the boards in case you don’t have something, it’s going to simply require extra flattening within the subsequent step.
Step 5: Altering the Countertop Thickness (non-compulsory)
Really, I added in a step. See after milling my boards, my 2x4s turned out to be only one 1/4” thick. Which is sweet however I personally wished the look to be nearer to 2”. To realize this, I minimize a nostril that’s the thickness I would like and easily connected it to the very entrance. So know it is a trick you should use to make your glue up look thicker.
Step 6: Scaling down the Countertop
Okay, now lets flattening this factor. Like every little thing in constructing, there are a number of methods to do every little thing. The countertop is just too large for my thickness planer so I simply did this by hand with my 4” belt sander. You need to select the widest belt sander you’ve gotten so it’s simpler to maintain it flat and never create divots. I additionally like to show my sander to a forty five within the first cross to hog away materials quicker, then I sand out the scuffs this creates within the decrease grits. For my skinner matching shelf, I threw this by means of the drum sander and this makes fast work of it.
Step 7: Slicing the Countertop to Size
I now minimize my prime and shelf to their precise wanted size. I selected the sliding portion of my tablesaw to ensure this minimize was at an ideal 90 however a monitor noticed or round noticed with a fence would work as effectively. Subsequent I wished to set the countertop in place and see the way it was going to search for towards my wall. No wall is ever completely straight so count on to have some gaps in your set up.
You may cowl up this hole with a backsplash board or you may hint the precise form of your wall onto the countertop, that is known as scribing. I did this with a washer however you should use absolutely anything. As soon as I had my line established I used my sander as soon as once more to remove materials as much as it. In case you have a giant hole you may all the time use one thing like a multi device to chop away extra materials up entrance then refine it with a sander.
Step 8: Making use of End
Okay and that’s it for the approach constructing half, I now have a countertop prepared to put in however earlier than doing that I completed it. I’m utilizing Whole Boat’s Gleam 2.0 which is a Spar Varnish that’s tremendous simple to make use of, a excessive gloss (precisely what I used to be going for right here), and my favourite function: it’s quick drying. I like to make use of their Wooden Sealer varnish primer earlier than hand which fills within the grain to create a smoother end.
Have you ever ever seen white washed objects earlier than? Properly I wished a slight gray tint so I did the identical factor the place you may take latex paint and dilute it with water to create a extra translucent stain form of end, however I did it with gray. The extra water you add, the extra translucent will probably be. I used a foam brush to wipe it on, then virtually instantly wiped it off. After letting that dry I utilized a transparent coat to guard every little thing.
Step 9: Putting in the Countertop
To put in the countertop I merely crawled inside and screwed by means of some picket scrap strips I screwed into place…and you’ll see how taking the time to scribe the 2 edges actually makes a distinction. Then for the shelf up right here I screwed a cleat to the nook the place there may be framing, then minimize in a receiving notch so my shelf may sit on prime and permit me one thing to screw down onto. The left terminates into the cupboards so I may go to the within and go instantly into the tip grain.
Annnnd I’m going to name that one other challenge finished. I’ll go away you hyperlinks to the movies exhibiting you tips on how to construct cupboards and likewise me putting in these in case you’re . I hope this video has given you some good ideas or inspiration if making low-cost counter tops is in your to do.