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…

STEP ONE:

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.

STEP TWO:

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).

STEP THREE:

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.

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STEP FOUR:

Glue the biscuits in place with wood glue and use clamps to hold the boards together. 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. Even spruce has some character when torched!

STEP SEVEN:

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.

STEP SEVEN:

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

STEP EIGHT:

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

FINISHED:

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

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


List Price: $78.99 USD
New From: $67.38 USD In Stock
Used from: $53.60 USD In Stock

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


List Price: $12.49 USD
New From: $3.96 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

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


List Price: $3.73 USD
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: $28.47 USD In Stock
Used from: $21.38 USD In Stock

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


List Price: $4.49
New From: $2.50 USD In Stock
Used from: $17.51 USD In Stock

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


List Price: $31.49 USD
New From: $29.98 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: $2.21 USD In Stock
Used from: $5.16 USD In Stock

CRL Complete Propane Torch Kit UL100 (Misc.)


List Price: $36.89 USD
New From: $36.89 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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