Are you planning to revamp your countertop this season? The process can be quite a tricky one. However, with the right direction and details, you might nail it better than anyone else!
This article will learn how to make a countertop from plywood in merely nine easy steps.
What’s more, the aesthetic appeal is not the only category it builds on. Its durability will last long if you make sure to seal it properly. It adds plenty of warmth and personal touch, be it a countertop in your home or office.
What Material Will You Need?
Needless to mention that when you plan to work on a project, supplies come into the picture immediately after blueprints. You might think that all material and tools required for this one must be professional and complicated.
But luckily for you, here is a list of things that would require for this DIY process. By the end of it, you will have one, and a half-inched plywood countertop of any length you want.
- Plywood: 4 sheets — 2 for both the top and bottom of the countertop
- A pack of contact cement
- A simple brush to apply the cement
- A stain brush
- Matte Polycrylic
- A brush used for brush Matte Polycrylic
- A working Impact Driver
- A set of Wood Screws
- A working Table Saw
- A working Circular Saw
- A few pieces of sandpaper
- Wood Fillers
Step 1: Measuring and Cutting the Plywood
When you go to a hardware store to buy the supplies mentioned earlier, you might notice some issues. For example, one sheet of plywood would only be 8 feet in length. If your countertop is longer than that, you would have to get extra sheets.
So before making any buy, measure your countertop carefully. If the measurement is odd for buying multiple sets of 8 feet plywood, you could settle for a cheaper option. A lot of dealers offer you plywood pieces that you can measure and cut as per your preference.
After you figure your way around the case, place the plywood on your countertop. The next step would be to cut out this birch ply. Remember that these are multiple sheets of plywood since you need them for the top and the bottom.
Step 2: Adding a Layer of Contact Cement
As mentioned earlier, by the end of this DIY process, you will have one, and a half-inched plywood countertop. Remember, this thickness is achieved from stacking multiple layers one upon another.
To hold all of these together, you will need a layer of contact cement. It will also add to the thickness of your countertop. All you need to do is spread an evenly thick layer between the top and bottom pairs of plywood sheets.
The layer will keep them in contact and seal them together for a long time.
Step 3: The Assembly
After you paint on the contact cement, place the top layer of the birch plywood pair on it. Make sure that this top layer matches and aligns with the bottommost layer. Otherwise, your countertop will be uneven and funny-looking.
You could even hurt yourself in the future. Therefore, it is best to cut out the error whenever you realize that there are alignment issues in the assembly.
Step 4: Install the Sink Base
The next step is to bring your sink into the picture. You might want to pull out the basic design and measurements from before for this part as well. Locate where you want to install your sink base.
Grab your design papers and trace-out the measurements onto the actual plywood. All that is left to do now is cut out this part from the countertop. Follow the process by inserting the sink base into the cavity.
Step 5: Screw the Countertop
After you are confident about your sink looks with the countertop, it is time to finalize. You will need to screw in the DIY plywood countertop into the cabinets or support below.
Remember that the two layers of the plywood are thick, including the contact cement. Therefore, you need to make sure that you have screwed all of them in their places. Use a bunch of wood screws that are long enough to dig through all these layers.
That said, you want to keep the end of these screws from passing through the top layer for apparent reasons.
Step 6: Filling the Seam
Was your countertop longer than 8 feet? And, did you have to join two sheets of plywood to make it? In such a case, you will need to fill up and seal the junction.
So, before you apply a pretty stain on your new countertop, you must even it out. Once the gap is filled, run a piece of sandpaper over it. That will make everything even and uniform.
Step 7: Applying a Stain of Your Choice
After running your birch-plywood countertop with a piece of sandpaper, it is time for the fun part. However, do not get too hasty with this step. You should double-check if the entire layer of the countertop seems even or not.
Moreover, you should also vacuum thoroughly after a sandpaper rub. It will get rid of all the first particles that you do not want to ruin the countertop.
Once you have all these bases cleared, go ahead and prepare yourself with your wood stain. Since a different manufacturer makes each type, you must go through the instructions on its pack. It will help you figure out the resting and setting time of the product.
Like layering of cement, there needs to be a specific frying time between each of the coats you apply. The number of layers of stain you want entirely depends on your personal choice.
Do you want a light-colored or subtle-toned countertop? You might want to stick with one to two layers of stain at the most. However, are you aiming for a rich and dark shade? In such a case, applying about four to five coats should do it.
Step 8: Finishing the Edges of the Countertop
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you must make sure the top and the edges are even. Since you have already looked deeply into the top, let us shift the focus towards the edges.
Grab that sandpaper and run it against the edges once again.
Step 9: Applying the Matte Polycrylic
Who does not like a long-lasting and low-maintenance product? To ensure that your pretty DIY plywood countertop is safe and secure through time, Matte Polycrylic is necessary.
You do not need to worry about the finish. It will hardly bring about any difference to it. However, it will prevent light from getting into your eyes while you work by the countertop as an added perk.
Remember that this process might take longer than any other. That said, it will not be half as challenging as you might think!
You might have seen people cover a lot of countertops, plastic laminates, and tiles. Rarely do they go for some sophisticated hardwood plywood that gives a lot more exclusiveness in its appearance?
Follow these easy steps, and your countertop will stand out like none other!