Last time you saw the island, it had only a countertop and a stud wall to house electrical and support the bar top.
At roughly 9 1/2 feet long, we couldn’t get a natural stone long enough. To avoid having a third and completely different counter, we chose 2 inch thick hard rock maple. Same as the butcher block, but we chose wider planks for a more custom look.
Before assembly could start, Ben first had to square up the edges by running them through the table saw. For a super smooth finish, a few passes through the planer before joining the boards together. Letting the glue set for several days, then sanding the boards.
Most maple doesn’t have crazy grain. We found one piece that has really interesting details. Luckily, the two top boards blend together almost seamlessly. Do you spy the joint in the photos below?
Obviously, we chose a waterfall edge. To adequately support the overhang, we needed something at the ends. Weighing our options, we tossed out the idea of corbels, a post, or brackets. Extending the maple down, creating legs, felt like the best fit.
Attaching the sides was pretty painless. A few screws through the end studs is all it took.
The top is also screwed to the wall top, but to keep the ends rigid, Ben recessed four screws.
Four walnut plugs fill those holes, giving a little accent.
Once we wrap the island in American Walnut, the two woods will tie together. Drawer fronts seem like such a novel idea right now.
The sides and back will also get the royal walnut treatment.
Now I’m on a quest to find the perfect finish for everything.
I’ve got five or more products I’m sampling, testing the color, durability, and retouching abilities.