During a major project there is nothing like landmark moments. Here is one of those moments. I have unmounted the pencil sharpener from the kitchen counter.
You are looking at the only dark wood in the house. I was wanting the aged bar counter look. I have no idea what species an old bar would have been constructed from. I have decided to use Maple. I will be putting a few layers of wood wax that should assist in longevity.
If used on a residential home the warranty would be 50 years. (As a kitchen counter? I’m guessing none.) . I think waxed maple should distress and age nice.
Contact cement was used to secure the boards in place. I spread a moderate layer on both the boards and the base. After the cement layers became ‘sticky’ the maple was pressed and locked together. After setting for a few hot days (it has been hovering around 100 here in Southern Idaho) the fumes have finally cleared and the planks are secure. I should be able to resume working inside the house again.
I still have to trim around the edges and sing, but this is my moment. I have decided on Poplar to match the fireplace mantle.