Integrated sink and countertop made out of wood - need input

hsm123November 26, 2007

Hello, everyone. Does anybody have any experience with an integrated sink and countertop made out of wood? If yes, how has the experience been?

I saw this sink ( and am planning on using it in our powder room ... but it is on the expensive side -- I was thinking of having it made by my friend who just recently took woodworking - not sure about the complexity though.

What do you guys and gals think? Your input is appreciated. Thank You!

Here is a link that might be useful: Ripples Iroco Basin

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I don't own such a sink, but I think it could work if it won't see heavy use or be installed where it gets a lot of direct sunlight.

This is not the sort of thing I'd turn over to a friend with marginal woodworking experience. You haven't said where he "took woodworking," but they don't teach you how to make something like that in a typical vocational program. The shape is simple, but the wood is not available at your neighborhood big-box store and the manufacturing process would be surprisingly finicky.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 7:05AM
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I am a woodworker and cannot come up with a home shop method of making that piece. Separate pieces of wood have to be glued together to make the blank---that is the easy part. But, those pieces are large (thick) enough to need tools bigger than the average home shop has. For instance, the jointer necessary to mill a 12" wide piece of wood flat(for gluing) would have to be at least 12" wide---and 14"-16" would be better. That tool alone would weigh over a thousand pounds and cost several thousand dollars. Then there is the cactual gluing---very large clamps or a press are needed.

So, that was the easy part---and machining the bowl is next. But, by now you have an idea.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 9:11AM
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Even if you could figure out a way to machine it, it would not pass if you have to get a plumbing inspection. The codes expressly state that we may not use any fixture that does not have a ASTM(American Society of Testing & Materials) approval label.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 1:26PM
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