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…

STEP ONE:

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.

STEP TWO:

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).

STEP THREE:

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.

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STEP FOUR:

Glue the biscuits in place with wood glue and use clamps to hold the boards together once you have completed the section you are working on and let harden for 24 hours.

STEP FIVE:

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.

STEP SIX:

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.

STEP SEVEN:

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.

STEP SEVEN:

Stain your countertop using the appropriate stain for your kitchen.  I used Minwax jacobean.

STEP EIGHT:

Put a finish on the countertop to protect it.  Use anywhere from three to five coats.

FINISHED:

Supply List (use what you have, borrow what you can, buy only what you have to):

Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw with Stand (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $131.80 USD
New From: $131.80 USD In Stock
Used from: $71.26 USD In Stock

Gino Development 01-0102 TruePower Biscuit Plate Joiner with Carbide Tipped Blade, 4″ (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $67.38 USD
New From: $67.38 USD In Stock
Used from: $55.11 USD In Stock

PORTER-CABLE 5562 No. 20 Plate Joiner Biscuits – 100 Per Tube (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $12.49 USD
New From: $5.75 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Elmer’s E7010 Carpenter’s Wood Glue, Interior, 8 Ounces (Kitchen)


List Price: $4.99
New From: $2.26 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

IRWINQUICK-GRIPOne-Handed Bar Clamp, Medium-Duty, 36″, 1964741 (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $32.79 USD
New From: $27.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Elmer’s E887Q Stainable Wood Filler, 3.25-Ounce (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $4.49 USD
New From: $3.73 USD In Stock
Used from: $975.92 USD In Stock

BLACK+DECKER BDEMS600 Mouse Detail Sander (Tools & Home Improvement)


New From: $49.69 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

3M Garnet Sandpaper, 9-Inch by 11-Inch, Assorted-Grit, 5-Sheet (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $3.69 USD
New From: $5.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

CRL Complete Propane Torch Kit UL100 (Misc.)


List Price: $36.95 USD
New From: $36.95 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Dewalt DCD771C2 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2 inch Compact Drill Driver Kit (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $99.00 USD
New From: $99.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Minwax 227504444 Wood Finish Penetrating Interior Wood Stain, 1/2 pint, Jacobean (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $4.89 USD
New From: $4.33 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Minwax 63200444 Helmsman Spar Urethane, quart, Gloss (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $18.39 USD
New From: $14.62 USD In Stock
Used from: $11.95 USD In Stock

 

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