Advice on how to use wood for the top of a buffet...

I have bought 3 base kitchen cabinets that I am installing into my dining room. They will look like built-ins when all said and done. I want to use wood to make the top/countertop.

What is the best way to do it? What is the best wood to use? What thickness of wood would be best?

* I plan on staining the wood.*

* Measurements will be: 9'.25" wide, (or 108.25"), and 24 1/2" deep.*

Thanks for any and all suggestions, tips and advice!!

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  • Rachael,

    I cannot advice the type of wood but I can for sure say you need stain-able wood. The thickness could be between 1/2"- 3/4".

  • Have you checked Ikea? They have wood counter tops, not sure if you would be able to get one that long, would have to piece it. Their prices are really good.
  • Donna McCrummen Bernardsville, NJ
    The type of wood you get depends on the look you want. I prefer mahogany with a rich dark stain. Mahogany has a nice tight grain. Maple is nice. Cherry is good. Oak...uh, no. Of course there is butcher block which can simply be conditioned rather than
  • Gabriel D Canada
    I think a medium tone wood with either a tight consistent grain and pattern or a more exotic wood like wormwood or birdseye maple would be gorgeous. I do not use a varnish or polyurethane treatment on flat surfaces. If you get a burn you have to do a lot
  • Donna McCrummen Bernardsville, NJ
    @Gabriel I've tried a lot of waxes sounds like I'll need to get some Clapham's - Briwax is lethally stinky.
  • If you plan to manufacture the counter top yourself? I would look at what is available in 3/4" veneered plywood. Call a local cabinet shop and ask what is available.. or google wood supply companies (that sell to cabinet shops). Then buy 1-1/2" solid
  • KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    You did not tell us what the base cabinets are...painted, or real wood...if wood what type? cherry , oak, maple? Also the other woods that may be in this room will need to be considered as well. A maple cabinet with a oak top next to a cherry table
  • Rachael S Chicago, IL
    I am painting the base cabinets white. They come in unfinished oak. I want to stain the top a dark walnut color, (my dining table and some other furniture in my home are this two- toned look as well and I love it!).
  • KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    Wood can be found in common lengths to 12' or more, getting this as a large slab however is not going to happen unless you pick a up "tree" slab. These can be $$$$
  • Gabriel D Canada
    One expertly crafted piece.
  • Gabriel D Canada
    I have a tree slab in fir that was a client's workbench top that sat on top of some old cabinets and is likely 70 + years in age. Luckily it was never drilled to accomondate a vice or bench grinder and was never fastened down so it has not even one hole
  • Rachael S Chicago, IL
    Thanks all for your advice. I really appreciate it.

    I did call Home Depot and they are able to special order a piece of red oak plywood for me. They can get it in 3/4" thick x

  • KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    By using plywood your are going to need to do something with the plywood's edge. The easiest would be to use some "iron on" edge banding. This is a thin veneer with a heat sensitive glue pre-applied. the second route is to edge glue a solid strip of
  • Ikea has lower priced butcher block available that my sister used to make an island in her kitchen. It is gorgeous.