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Mahogany countertop

Our kitchen remodel using quartz countertops ran into a snag when the pass through window to the courtyard required a 60 wide countertop on the outdoor side. Quartz will discolor in Florida's warm, humid weather. So I ordered 8/4 mahogany from the Woodworkers Store and built this countetop to connect with the indoor countertop. Most of my woodworking tools are in our Illinois home so this was a challenge...no jointer, no planer, no power drum sander, etc. The results are great, mostly due to the character of the wood...duh, that's usually the case. I finished the project with a deep red mahogany penetrating stain, followed by a shellac wash then grain filled with deep brown filler and multiple coats of satin poly. I never use poly but the outdoor conditionseliminated lacquer. Sanding with 320, followed by buffing with dark and then white 3M pads, Kiwi dark brown shoe wax and finally Turtle wax. That buffed out with a wool bonnet...very slick and smooth. I was on the courtyard the other day when a Florida fly landed on the coutertop. It is so slick he slid right off the end!!! Thanks Woodworkers Store. -- Orginally posted by Customer

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