We did some rough measurements back in January and guesstimated that we were going to need about 1 box of flooring, which we got for about $150. A lot of people hail Lumber Liquidators as the go-to source for hardwood flooring...and yes, it's uber cheap, but check out the length distribution in 1 box:
We worked on laying all of the wood pieces out over the weekend. See how we decided to do the end pattern?
I kind of wish that I had decided to do the same corner pattern on the other side the sink. Instead I just did running boards right up to the wall. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if I have enough extra wood to go back and change the pattern :(
We still need to do the little section of counter to the right of the stove, as well as do all of the edges!
And this is all of the wood that we have to do that:
Yep, it's going to be tight! I might need to break down and buy another box--we shall see!
I saw this one blog post by on how to build a wood floor countertop by Sandra (she's Sawdust Girl!), which I think laid everything out pretty well, especially on how you could choose to approach the edges. I think that we are going to do the edges this way:
Right now the hardwood pieces are just sitting on top of the plywood...nothing has been nailed or glued down. We're still mulling over ideas on how to adhere everything down. We do want to use wood glue (liquid nails for wood). We're on the fence about nailing stuff down. You can't use a normal hammer/nails for wood floor because you're nailing through the side of the wood floor...and since the sides are tongue-and-groove, you need to use a special nailer:
I think that using that nailer through the side of the wood pieces would be difficult, considering that everything would probably shift at least a little bit as you nail them down. Once a piece of wood is down, it's DOWN, and pulling it up to readjust would essentially ruin that piece. In Sandra's tutorial on hardwood flooring counters, she nailed directly through the top side wood and filled in the holes with wood filler. She finished everything with a top coat anyway, so it wasn't noticeable. I guess that we're debating whether we should go that route too, or risk using glue exclusively on the counters? Ahhhh...decisions, decisions!
I think that I'm going to have to sand everything down anyway...the micro-beveled edges on each board kind of drive me crazy anyway. Either that, or we'd have to do a nice thick resin coat on top, similar to a bar top to fill in the micro-bevels.
So that's where we are with things :) Progress, right? We'll see what gets done this coming weekend!