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.
The Finishing Process
- 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.
- If you’ve ordered a top with a decorative edge profile you’ll use the same 120 grit sand paper to hand sand that.
- 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.