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  • joeny1980 commented on Attmos's instructable Say Goodbye to That Formica CounterTop!1 year ago
    Say Goodbye to That Formica CounterTop!

    Great work!Your 2x4s worked very well, but I'm wondering if there's any reason not to consider 1 bys for the whole project. If you did, then there's no need to rip any boards at all since they have square edges. You can use 1x3s (3/4x x 2.5) or 1x2s or even alternate the boards mix em up. And build it on top of 3/4" ply and you'll have the same 1.5" thick counter. 1 bys are more expensive then 2 by 4s but not by much if you're choosing the premium 2 bys, and it would save a whole lot of cuts since 1 bys already have a squared edge. (I suppose you may still need to rip that edge banding to get 1.5 + 1/16 *). If doing this I'd say you'd want to pick out some boards that have as much variation as possible to get the striped look so it doesnt end up looking like a solid look. You ...

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    Great work!Your 2x4s worked very well, but I'm wondering if there's any reason not to consider 1 bys for the whole project. If you did, then there's no need to rip any boards at all since they have square edges. You can use 1x3s (3/4x x 2.5) or 1x2s or even alternate the boards mix em up. And build it on top of 3/4" ply and you'll have the same 1.5" thick counter. 1 bys are more expensive then 2 by 4s but not by much if you're choosing the premium 2 bys, and it would save a whole lot of cuts since 1 bys already have a squared edge. (I suppose you may still need to rip that edge banding to get 1.5 + 1/16 *). If doing this I'd say you'd want to pick out some boards that have as much variation as possible to get the striped look so it doesnt end up looking like a solid look. You could even individually stain boards before assembling at varying shades, though I guess you'd sand off some of it - but if you went pretty heavy you might get it in there enough to give you the variations you'd hope for.*If you built it on a half inch ply you'll have a counter 1.25 inches thick and then you can use 1x2 (3/4x1.5) edging that will 3/16 inch below the top of the cabinet, which isnt uncommon. With the edging it will still look like a thick 1.5", and will require no ripping. Thoughts?

    I'm no lumber expert but on further thinking, im wondering if 2by lumber is a different strength and hardness grade than 1by. Not sure how much it matters.

    Great work!Your 2x4s worked very well, but I'm wondering if there's any reason not to consider 1 bys for the whole project. If you did, then there's no need to rip any boards at all since they have square edges. You can use 1x3s (3/4x x 2.5) or 1x2s or even alternate the boards mix em up. And build it on top of 3/4" ply and you'll have the same 1.5" thick counter. 1 bys are more expensive then 2 by 4s but not by much if you're choosing the premium 2 bys, and it would save a whole lot of cuts since 1 bys already have a squared edge. (I suppose you may still need to rip that edge banding to get 1.5 + 1/16 *). If doing this I'd say you'd want to pick out some boards that have as much variation as possible to get the striped look so it doesnt end up looking like a solid look. You ...

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    Great work!Your 2x4s worked very well, but I'm wondering if there's any reason not to consider 1 bys for the whole project. If you did, then there's no need to rip any boards at all since they have square edges. You can use 1x3s (3/4x x 2.5) or 1x2s or even alternate the boards mix em up. And build it on top of 3/4" ply and you'll have the same 1.5" thick counter. 1 bys are more expensive then 2 by 4s but not by much if you're choosing the premium 2 bys, and it would save a whole lot of cuts since 1 bys already have a squared edge. (I suppose you may still need to rip that edge banding to get 1.5 + 1/16 *). If doing this I'd say you'd want to pick out some boards that have as much variation as possible to get the striped look so it doesnt end up looking like a solid look. You could even individually stain boards before assembling at varying shades, though I guess you'd sand off some of it - but if you went pretty heavy you might get it in there enough to give you the variations you'd hope for.*If you built it on a half inch ply you'll have a counter 1.25 inches thick and then you can use 1x2 (3/4x1.5) edging that will 3/16 inch below the top of the cabinet, which isnt uncommon.Thoughts?

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