Create your own torched wood countertop that’s durable, inexpensive and looks great. It was a fun DIY project that pretty simple. Here are the steps I used to bring it together. I’ll supply a link to all the products you 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 boards that you will need (I used spruce- it’s cheap). My countertop is 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 required. You need to allow for a little extra in the depth since the boards are rounded on the edges…you will need to cut the rounded edge off, to get a square edge. After purchasing your lumber, if it’s 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 the 2 X 6 boards to give a straight and square edge (you want to ensure your boards look somewhat uniform unless you are going for a more random width look).
Measure off each board that is going to be beside each other and place a mark about 10 inches apart. Use a biscuit cutter to create the holes to place the biscuits. The biscuits 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. Even spruce has some character when torched!
Use shims 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 underside. 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 protective finish on the countertop. Use anywhere from three to five coats.
Supply List (use what you have, borrow what you can, buy only what you have to):