Old Hatch Cover Vanity Counter??
Many years ago my husband swam out and " rescued" a hatch cover from a ship wrecked Japanese vessel. This was almost 40 years ago, and no idea how old the ship was. It's 20", deep by 6 ft. Long, making it an almost perfect fit to replace a bathroom counter, now tile.
My first question applies to all old wood, I suppose :
how to sand it smooth and retain the patina. This one, of course , has way more than patina going on, as you might expect.
Next, For a Bathroom counter with sink, would you finish in poly or boat varnish (?) or tung oil?
Lastly, for those who like thinking creatively, if the fit's not perfect, how do you feel about the addition of a tile or marble backsplash for filler?
My first visit to this forum. TIA if those In the know won't mind taking the time to help. II love re- purposing, especially things with history.