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Self-finish wood countertop question

Posted by wi-sailorgirl (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 15, 12 at 15:29

For anyone who has gotten a wood countertop from the Hardwood Lumber Co. or another DIY-finish wood counter, how did you treat the edges?

Apparently Hardwood Lumber Co. (currently the best pricing I've found on walnut) ships them with a straight square edge. You can upgrade to a different edge if you like, but I just want an eased edge, that is, square but not sharp. I'm wondering if just hitting the edge with a sanding to knock it down a bit is the way to go. Curious how you dealt with the edge finishing.

Thank you in advance.

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RE: Self-finish wood countertop question

Craft Art DIY countertops are pre-sanded and have an eased edge. That's what I went with, and I'm very happy. (Though my husband is handy, I didn't want to put one more thing on his honey-do list, so this project was my baby. I didn't think this was a good first router project for me, as I really didn't want to mess up!)

RE: Self-finish wood countertop question

I don't have a wood countertop, but I think you are correct. I am confident you can just ease the edge to your liking with a sanding block.

RE: Self-finish wood countertop question

My first choice would be a low-angle block plane maybe followed by light hand sanding, but if you don't have one of those use sandpaper backed by a block of wood or something hard. Don't use those foam sander thingies you find at the home improvement stores.

RE: Self-finish wood countertop question

Get one with a pre eased edge and unless you have to make cuts on all 4 sides it will save you some time. That and give you something to compare your edge to so you can be more consistent.

But easing the edges is pretty easy. you just take a sanding block and go up and down and side to side at the same time.

Here is a link that might be useful: my (and fouramblues!) countertop is from here (Craft Art)

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