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Countertop Project . . . #676567
Fri Jan 13 2017 12:11 PM
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As some of you know, I have a very large ‘Chicken Coop’ that has been converted into my shop, studio and Man Cave. The building itself is about 3.5K square feet.

In my Man Cave there is a three sided ‘U’ shaped display case unit. The two sides are glass topped with display areas under the glass for smaller items and the end is open fronted with a wood countertop and lighting under the countertop to illuminate the objects below.

I’ve never liked the countertop. It was just quickly finished years ago by throwing a coat of stain on the plywood surface – not even a coat of poly. My fault, and I’ve been planning on addressing the problem literally for years.

Last fall, I stripped some 100+ year old barn wood from a barn that was falling down. I also picked up a couple of barn beams.
I decided it was time to do something about the countertop.

Here is a shot of the area after I stripped off the face trim, and trimmed back the plywood flush with the support structure.

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Re: Countertop Project . . . [Re: T-way] #676568
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So I took the longest barn beam I had and cut a square notch into one corner . . .

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. . . and mounted it to the front of the counter.


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Then I trimmed off the ends and added 45-degree cuts on the ends to eliminate the sharp corners and framed up the left, right and back sides with other 100 year old barn wood to enclose the center area.


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Re: Countertop Project . . . [Re: T-way] #676571
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I then lightly sanded everything to eliminate any chance of splinters. But I left as much of the saw mill cut marks as possible to preserve the character. Here’s a shot of the backside after framing and before final staining and poly.

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After stain and poly . . .

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Then I added stacked stone to the back wall . . . and ceramic tile that looks like barn wood on the bottom.


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I then had a contractor come in and pour a cement countertop in the recess.

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Here is the finished project showcasing Jodi’s Ice Cream globes.

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Re: Countertop Project . . . [Re: T-way] #676576
Fri Jan 13 2017 12:45 PM
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Nice job! You did one heck of a job, it looks great. Hope you don't have to move it.


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Re: Countertop Project . . . [Re: T-way] #676577
Fri Jan 13 2017 12:54 PM
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That looks fantastic! Nice re-use of the old barn beam.


Regards, Jim

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Re: Countertop Project . . . [Re: T-way] #676578
Fri Jan 13 2017 12:56 PM
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That is sweet!!

Re: Countertop Project . . . [Re: T-way] #676583
Fri Jan 13 2017 01:44 PM
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Looks great Jim!


Thanks
Mike

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Re: Countertop Project . . . [Re: T-way] #676584
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Very unique and well done.

Re: Countertop Project . . . [Re: T-way] #676587
Fri Jan 13 2017 03:04 PM
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Pretty classy chicken house there!!!

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