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Old 01-10-2019, 10:01 AM   #1
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Replaced "WasWood" with Corian (solid surface) countertop

Last summer we had a leak at the edge of our sink, which swelled the MDF counter top. Given that FR decided we needed a large sink and very little counter space in our 2250 and the eventual leak due to FR's poor assembly practices, we decided it was time to correct the issues once and for all.


I had never worked with Corian (aka Solid Surface), but in researching, it is worked in a similar manner to fine woodworking. I decided to take on the task.


After purchasing a smaller rectangular undermount sink and acquiring the Corian at half cost from a local cabinet builder, a friend and I set about removing the old stuff:


and building up a new flip up counter as well as the main kitchen counter.


Gluing up the new countertop:





Results after routing:








Sink mounted:





With cutting board insert and original faucet:





Flip-up mounted; main top & strip to the right of the stove mounted:





Backsplash trim details:





Trim installed:






Trim detail with metal tile section that I'll be installing today:





More details on my photo website; scroll to the bottom for the countertop pics: 2016 Sunseeker Photo Gallery by BNMac at pbase.com
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:08 AM   #2
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Absolutely beautiful, well done!!


I suggest you send this to FR and show them what real quality is!!
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:48 PM   #3
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Fantastic job! Looks great!!!!
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:54 PM   #4
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:08 PM   #5
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Nice job thinking outside of the box and being creative. Beautiful end result.
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I can't figure out if you are bragging....or just that good.

HA HA just kidding. I am only jealous
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:39 PM   #7
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Very impressive. I looked at coating mine with epoxy or something. Looked like too much work so I just cover it with a black cutting board.
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very nice...

Thanks for sharing the photos
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:31 PM   #9
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Awesome job! We have been researching countertops for kitchen and baths and have almost decided on Solid Surface ones.
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Old 01-10-2019, 03:45 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone!

Other than the expense, solid surface is the way to go. Depending on pattern, a sheet of 3'x6' can range up to $500. I purchased two remnants that will be more than sufficient for the kitchen, dinette table and bathroom vanity for a little more than half of that amount.

While researching this project, I found it's unlikely a cabinet shop will take on this type of job on an RV. The shop where I purchased the material would not take it on, as they had tried once before and found the supporting cabinets to be substandard construction and "out of square". I have no idea what type & size of RV, but the lead was adamant - they would not do the job. Initially, I thought I'd be able to submit plans and have them make the pieces, but not have them install them. They wouldn't even entertain that idea. After 15 minutes of discussing the issue, I was finally able to persuade him that, in the end, I had decided all I wanted to do was purchase the material and do all the work myself. He was then more than happy to sell me the raw material.


Rather than use the colored epoxies, I chose standard "off the shelf" 5 minutes epoxy from my local big box store for the build-ups. Very little is needed and the quick setup time lends well to gluing up a piece, then machining it within an hour.


I'll continue to post to this thread when I complete the kitchen, dinette table and bathroom vanity. I also have some other mods underway that I'll post as well.
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