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Old 12-05-2012, 01:38 AM   #16
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3-6 coats of Polyurethane or waterlox to effectively "plasticize" it.

It works I have done it in my shop bench and kitchen, you can still damage things chemically but doesn't soak in stains.

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Once you find that tenant who can wipe down the counters once a month, please encourage them to breed.
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@Diygst- thank you

@cleveman- lol, I'll definately do that

P.S: Where do you guys find your tenants... Crackheads-R-Us? Sheesh!
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Once a month treatment is not enough. It will take only a few days for damage to start, especially under the dishwasher. Once the gaps start between the boards, there isn't much you can do. Also there is no backsplash and you are undermounting the sink, exposing a lot of endgrain. That set up will end up damaging the wall and the cabinets too.

Material was cheap, but you will have to replace that top within the year and that will cost you more. The tenant will also be worried about their liability.
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I'm not done with the kitchen, there will be a backsplash though. The sink is drop in and will be caulked around the lip that sits on the wood. I don't plan on putting a dishwasher in the house. I left a space for one when I built the cabinets though for down the road if I change my mind. For now that's just a place I put the trash can. I treated the underside of the counter with sealer. Still an issue? Thanks for the advice carpdad.
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Wood is wood and I couldn't rest easy for that top. But at the end it is yours.
BTW it is one of the best looking small kitchen I've seen.
For the stove, search for vintage stove restoration. Repairclinic.com is excellent, even for advice, but parts for old stoves get discontinued. My parents have Chambers stove and I had to do some research before. Search for chambers stove and some sites may have useful links.
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thank you. I did find the part I was looking for at a fabulous little mom and pop parts house here local. I'm still going to have to re-wire it though I'm afraid, so I will definitely be checking out the sites you mentioned.
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I have had several maple island countertops and never had a problem. One of them is thirty years old and still in the house.
Soak them in mineral oil. Don't rub the oil on soak it in. You can make a poly bath weigh the board down and pour the oil on.
Vegetable oils and other plant based oils can go rancid
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Too late now....those counter tops are not for renters....but now that you have it...mineral oil...like Master said....soak it.....and then plan on going over every 6 months with another soaking.
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Good luck finding renters that will wipe the counter with Mineral oil every few months. Just waterlox it and be done with it.

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