Create your own torched wood counter top that is durable, inexpensive and looks great. I went about taking this project on and I want to share the steps I went through to bring it together. I will supply a link to all the products you will need. With all the projects I take on I always use what I have, borrow what I can, and buy only what I have to…
Go to your local hardware store and purchase the necessary 2 x 6’s that you will need (I used spruce). My countertop was in an “L” shape so I simply measured the length and the width of each section of boards that I would need and did my calculations to determine how many 2 x 6’s I needed realizing I needed to account for the space that I would be cutting off each 2 x 6 to make for a straight edge along the length of each side of the board. After purchasing your lumber if it is not fully dried put it in a warm area in your home for about a week to ensure it does not swell from moisture when assembled.
Use a table saw and cut a thin piece off of each side of each individual 2 X 6 to give each a straight edge on both sides ensuring you end up with the desired amount to allow for the width that you want (you last piece can always ensure you get the right width but you want to ensure your boards look somewhat uniform).
Measure off each board that is going to be beside each other and place a mark about 10 inches apart and use a biscuit cutter to cut in order to put the biscuits in place to ensure the boards do not warp in the future.
Use wood filler to fill in any knots in the wood or imperfections and after dying use a palm sander (best to do outside) and smooth out the countertop using a low grit paper and working your way to a high grit.
Use a propane torch and burn the area of the wood that is going to be exposed to bring out the features of the wood.
Use shimmies to ensure the countertop is level. Secure the counter top in place with a drill and an appropriate sized screw from underneath ensuring it does penetrate through the surface. If there is more than one section to your countertop as there was with mine secure the sections together using the biscuit cutter and biscuits placing a biscuit in the end of each board as it joins with the other piece.
Stain your countertop using the appropriate stain for your kitchen. I used Minwax jacobean.
Put a finish on the countertop to protect it. Use anywhere from three to five coats.
Supply List (use what you have, borrow what you can, buy only what you have to):