Little sneak peak of the countertops

mrsmortarmixerJune 4, 2013

My prep sink came yesterday and my cleanup sink came today, so I thought I better get on the ball and start putting things back in order so the island and sink run can be put back in Wednesday (t-ball tomorrow evening).

Thought I would snap a quick picture of the ugliest piece in the kitchen. It's to the left of the range and hidden under the rice canister and utensil crock/caddy most of the time. They read darker from a distance, but standing directly over them shows lighter and more orange. Mineral oil only.

ETA: picture added to the bottom. Freshly oiled, so the island top is super shiny and the sink is super oily from being careless.

This post was edited by mrsmortarmixer on Thu, Jun 6, 13 at 1:33

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leela4

Wow-that's beautiful.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 1:14AM
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deedles

I'm confused? What am I looking at? Is that a bit of counter top? Is that your new counter top? Or?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 7:09AM
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heidihausfrau

If that lovely dark countertop is the ugliest part of your kitchen, it is going to be gorgeous!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:09AM
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motherof3sons

That is absolutely beautiful! I am in love with the grain. What type of wood?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:11AM
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chiefy

Wowsers. Hope I have something that "ugly" in my kitchen too!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 1:00PM
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mrsmortarmixer

deedles- it's one of the small pieces of countertop left of the stove. The stove isn't pushed up flush against it in the picture though. I don't think I had posted them on here yet.

heidihausfrau- I guess maybe ugly isn't the correct term, but it's not the prettiest piece of countertop in the kitchen.

mortherof3sons-it's black walnut. This piece of counter would probably be one of the lowest grades of walnut just because of all the sapwood, knotholes, and grain deviations from where limbs used to be.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 2:42PM
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katy-lou

Oooh figured black walnut - gorgeous!!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 2:56PM
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mama goose_gw zn6OH

No, you're right--it's ugly. Ugh! But I'm willing to help out a fellow GW'er. Send it to me and you'll never have to think about it again.

;), of course! It's lovely.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 7:11PM
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mrsmortarmixer

mama goose- lol! I've probably got some extra boards around here that didn't make the cut. I was going to make them into cutting boards, but maybe you could find a way to make them work.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:36PM
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williamsem

Oh, wow. That's low grade walnut?! Finally something I like that's not the expensive stuff! I really want some walnut somewhere, l'm glad even the almost reject stuff looks that great.

So exciting to see things moving forward for you!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:47PM
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mrsmortarmixer

williamsem- definitely lower grade, although walnut grading is more lenient than other lumber. I think in the end, we had something like $1.10 a board ft. wrapped up in it. But the trees were free, so we just paid for cutting, kiln drying, and edging. Same with the floors. So if you can find a walnut log, grab it :)

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 12:09AM
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mama goose_gw zn6OH

mrsm, Thank you, that's very generous. Many years ago, we rented a lovely old house, the yard of which had a walnut tree. A very dead walnut tree. We were given strict instructions not to fold, spindle or mutilate the walnut tree, because the owner planned to eventually use the lumber for furniture ... or maybe a pepper grinder, considering that the tree was only 6" in diameter. :[

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 8:36AM
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cluelessincolorado

I have a kitchen full of sapwood and I LOVE IT and I love your new counter too! I've been looking for some thick 2' chunks for shelves so send 'em my way if mama_goose doesn't clean you out first
;-)

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 10:11AM
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mpagmom

It's beautiful and looks great with the brick. I can't wait to see more, so keep posting!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 10:54AM
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breezygirl

Its lovely! And you know I love a gorgeous walnut counter......

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 1:32PM
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mrsmortarmixer

I have a prep sink :)

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 1:32AM
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rosie

Oooh! The walnut and brick are absolutely wonderful together. I love the architectural strength and feeling of age and timelessness the masonry brings.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 5:45AM
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sarahhomeremodel

How much was the stuff other than the actual cost per board foot?

i was too lazy to do all that work and just bought an inexpensive walnut top from a company that manufactures "blanks" (DIY wood countertops basically). but I'm curious about the whole process of getting that all done yourself.

was it just an absolute ton of trouble and effort?
how did you transport the log?
how did you find a place to kiln dry it near your house?

thanks : )

ps. i love it!!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 11:47AM
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mrsmortarmixer

sarahhomeremodel- As far as added cost, just gas and time and a gallon of mineral oil. So maybe $40 on top of the board ft cost, but spread over about 1100 board ft of other lumber as well.

I don't think it's a ton of trouble. Just loading logs with the tractor onto the trailer, then hauling to the sawmills, bringing it back home to sit for a couple of months to barn dry, then taking it to be kiln dried, and then waiting for it to be finished. The flooring was ready to be put down when we picked it up. The countertops were just 2x7 and 2x7.5s that were planed and straight edged. Mr. MM routed a 1/2" groove down each side of the boards for another piece of wood to sit in, glued in a piece of wood, glued the boards together and clamped them overnight. I guess it's just a lot of hurry up and wait, and must be planned for accordingly.

I find that most sawmills, furniture and cabinet makers, and other woodworkers will either have a kiln or know someone who does.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 12:47PM
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Holly- Kay

Wow I have a few mature walnut trees on our property. When I am ready for a new counter top the squirrels will have to find another source for nuts!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 5:17PM
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