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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 ...

see more »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 ...

see more »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?