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Old 04-21-2011, 11:11 AM   #11
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Cool- thanks! I've been looking for something to cover my stove, and I'm going to see if I can use yours as a bit of a template. Looks really nice!
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:01 PM   #12
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I have mine built, and I'm just in process of finishing it. As you can see in my "before" picture there is very little counter space in my trailer. However once I add my cover; tonnes of space!

I will be the first to admit- I generally suck at wood working. Give me basic framing and I'm fine; but anything that needs to look good- forget it. So what I did is went to Lowes and got some pine shelving; and made sure it was already the right depth for what I needed. That meant only 1 cut needed with the table saw for the width.

For the base I got some of the premium pine (right next to the shelving; I think it is supposed to be moulding.) I used my mitre saw and made the cuts. Just so I didn't have to be precise with the 45 degree cuts I cut 1 piece, then cut the other to match. If one was a few millimetres too big I just shaved it down with the mitre saw. Repeat with the other sides. Used a finish nailer with staples so I only had to make one mark; and made said mark on the sides where it was less noticable. (All joints were also glued.)

The one part where I screwed up was attaching the base. I drilled my pilot holes and made sure my screws were the right length; but I should have used a clamp to hold the two pieces when I screwed.

I also used my electric sander to smooth all of the corners. Then I finished it with Tung oil. The small bottle should be more than enough. The good thing about this oil; it's made for food surfaces as it's a natural product that doesn't spoil. The downside is it takes a couple of weeks to fully cure.

I know for some of you guys who do a lot of wood working this isn't a big deal; but I'm really happy with how it turned out.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:42 PM   #13
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Ken - that actually turned out real nice

I can do alot of stuff but wood working is my weak point as well
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:22 AM   #14
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Very nice - nice to get some counter top space back. one day I will be able to try mine out- just need the weather to cooperate...
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:03 AM   #15
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Beautiful Job!
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:55 AM   #16
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I did mine last year based on the flimsy at best design. Found a nice cutting board at Ikea that was the perfect size, nice shape etc. and added the plastic pieces underneath and works like a charm. Lots more counter and we don't even take it out for travel as it fits real tight. Stain with minwax to color if needed, as suggested(we did not), and coat it to seal and little woodwork to do. Easy afternoon project.

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Very nice job!! Looks great!
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:45 AM   #18
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:42 AM   #19
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I had a piece of corian (solid surface) made to fit my stove top. I bring it out when I am parked and slide it behind the driver's seat when we are in motion. It is easy to clean. Go to a countertop fabricator and ask for a scrap. You would probably just pay for labor to finish and polish.
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