In this instructable you will see how I built three different custom counters for a sweet shop, with raised panels out of ply and matchboard!
Firstly, I cut to the right length, all the pinewood pieces I needed for the three counters.
And then, I cut them to the right width.
Now, I started to assemble all the bases of every counter.
I checked that every piece is perfectly square and then drilled it and screwed it.
After I had nailed and screwed every piece, I rounded all the edges with a router, I puttied all the screw holes and sanded them very well. I repeated the same process for the other two.
Now, I started to sand all the pieces that I was going to use to create the raised panels.
And then for each piece, I rounded its sides where necessary.
In order to create raised panels, I used my router and I made a 1cm slot (as the thickness of the matchboard & the ply) in the middle of every piece.
And I tested that the matchboard fits nice and without any problem into the slots!
I puttied every piece separately and then sanded it very well.
Also, I cut and sanded all the plywood pieces that I was going to use for the upper part of the raised panels.
Now, I started to assemble all the rail and the stile pieces together. After that, I screwed them onto the beams.
I placed one beam at every corner on the base of every custom counter.
And then, I put the matchboard and the plywood pieces into the slots I created before.
I screwed them on the upper part of the counter, in order to make one solid steady piece and then puttied all the screw holes.
Now, I cut the top surface of every counter to the right dimensions and then I rounded all the edges. For the countertop I used 3cm thick veneered MDF board (Oak).
I sanded it with many different sandpapers very well, on all four sides and then I repeated the same process for the other two countertops.
And then, I started to paint all the counters on every side with ecological water based undercoat / primer.
I filled all the gaps with putty (a lot of putties…), sanded them very well and applied premium quality water based enamel paint on the last layer!
...and the Custom Shop Counters are ready!
Thanks for reading! I hope you liked it!