I have always liked the look of walnut countertops in a kitchen. After viewing them in various kitchen magazines and on websites like Houzz, that want soon became a need…
It wasn’t until I came across an article in Fine Homebuilding Magazine in 2010 that explained the process of making your own walnut countertops that I decided to give it a try and make three countertops while renovating our camp.
I decided to make an ‘edge grain countertop‘ for this project which required making thirty-two walnut strips that were each 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ x the length needed for each counter length (+2″ extra). I then laminated 10-11 pieces together so that I could run each 8″ wide piece through my thickness planer. I then used a biscuit joiner to glue and laminate the three 8″ boards together which resulted in a 24″ wide counter top.
After lots of sanding with an orbital sander starting with 60 grit sandpaper and working my way up to 320 grit sandpaper, I then used a 50/50 mix of pure tung oil and citrus solvent to coat the counter each day for 5 days until I was left with the counters shown below.
Four years later, I have now finished my second project for a new home build. This counter is also walnut, but this time I used 2″ x 6″ x 8′ boards and made a ‘face grain‘ counter that resembles a piece of furniture on our kitchen island. The other difference with this counter is the finish. Instead of using Tung Oil, we used Waterlox, which is a glossy finish. We have had it around a year and half now and love it. We will probably look to refinish the three counters at our camp with Waterlox next.
For more information on making walnut countertops see the following: