Thursday, August 8, 2013

Countertop progress...

Even though the weather looked like rain, we were able to take all the wormy chestnut boards we needed for the counters today before the sky opened up. It's amazing how something that seems so simple and easy as taking boards off a house can drag on and on. 

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I so expected to see a snake(s) but was relieved that we did not. Luis had to take the machete to clear aways some Locust trees that have grown up over the summer.

He took a crowbar and carefully pulled the boards away then tapped them back in and pulled the nails out. Lots of nails. Nails that have been in place for over 100 years. How cool is that? 

 We ended up with five good boards.

The next step is just brushing them up a bit so we can send them through the planer a couple several times to get them even. I really wish we had a jointer to get the sides straight, but since we don't Luis will just use the router. 

As excited as I was about the boards, my heart sank when UPS delivered the sink I ordered.
I'll tell you about that tomorrow. In the meantime, I'll be back online looking for a white, self-rimming sink at least 9"-10" deep and trying to decide between acrylic, cast iron, composite, and granite my price range. Yay. 

Thanks for stopping by:-)



  1. Love seeing the progress on your countertops Anita. They are going to look great! Do you own the planer or rent it? That is one handy tool that we don't have.

    1. Pam, we bought this one several years ago when we started making the china cabinet, and it is seriously handy! It is not a large one, but will do up to a 12" board. We really need a jointer to straighten the sides, but that's not in the budget.

  2. I just luv reusing wood. What luvly wood you have to use. Can hardly wait for the finished product.