Kitchen Island countertop

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Kitchen Island countertop

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We have a kitchen cabinet island that had an old formica top. I bought a birch top from Home Depot, it wasn’t quite wide enough, so I added birch boards to the sides, which also covered the finger joints of the sides, which I never really liked to look at anyway. Since there were also some finger joints exposed on the ends, I decided to make breadboard ends out of cherry. I attached them with draw bored pegs, the two in the center are in holes the 4 to the outsides are in slots to allow for wood expansion and contraction. I left 3/8 to 1/2” for expansion on each side. Then the cherry was two face glued boards, to help hide the seam and add some visual interest just added a quick Celtic weave. Came out really nice, we just walk by and say wow all day. One day we might put something on it, lol.
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Beautiful job!

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That looks Awesome!
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Really nice looking counter top. You have a good eye for detail.
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Nice.... Even the draw bored pegs. Great work.

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Thanks all! The way this was packaged at the store, you couldn’t see the finger jointed edges. I might not have bought it if I saw them, lol.
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That is beautiful, Bill!
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Thanks Michael. Should mention I used General Finishes Seal-a-cel followed by 3 coats of GF Arm-R-Seal satin.
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Bill...
Really nice job on the island cabinet. Nice touch with the celtic weave
it makes a nice finish to the ends of the cabinet. The finish is great.

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Thanks Jay, I did a lot of the rest of the work with hand tools. There was a small radius on the side edges, I planed that off with a Stanley no. 5 before I glued on the side boards. Also planed the cherry and the side boards level with the top after assembly. So it took a while, but we love it.
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Well done Bill! :)
The breadboard(and in my mind the drawboring)....really put it over the top! :)

Well Done Sir!
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Thanks Scott, still haven’t put anything on it, lol. Here’s a shot of the draw boring on the other end.
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Great job!
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