Using a DIY wood countertop from J. Aaron will help you create a high-end wood countertop, bathroom vanity top or kitchen island top for a fraction of the cost of a fully finished countertop.

What is a DIY wood countertop?

It’s the same custom countertop J. Aaron always makes with the same options available. All the cutouts (sink and/or range) are pre-cut and the faucet holes are pre-drilled. From there your contribution of finish sanding and sealing completes the project and put a dramatic hand made wood countertop in your home.

See an example of a actual customer project.

The Finishing Process

Sanding

  1. The countertop comes flat and sanded to 80 grit. You’ll need to use a random orbit sander to finish sand the surface and sides with 120 sand paper. Go to 180 grit if your countertop will be used for chopping on.
  2. If you’ve ordered a top with a decorative edge profile you’ll use the same 120 grit sand paper to hand sand that.

Sealing

  • For this we recommend the Monocoat 2C wood sealer. Very easy to do and offers excellent protection. Just follow the manufactures application instructions for a great finish. Be sure to seal both top and bottom.
  • For butcher block countertops designed for chopping on finish with butcher block wax or mineral oil. Sanding to 180 grit will give you a smoother finish. This is not needed for the Monocoat or polyurethane sealers.
  • If you’re going to be staining your countertop just follow the manufactures instructions. Minwax wood stains work well but we like Zar brand polyurethane for the topcoat. They have a great project guide on their site. Use their interior products not the exterior unless your putting the countertop in an outdoor environment. Be sure to seal both top and bottom.

 Measuring & Installing Your DIY Countertop

Installing A Wood Countertop from Joshua Johnson on Vimeo.