Hello Gents and Ladies-
Because of time constraints I am posting my own topic in hopes of getting some strong feedback and suggestions on my situation.
I purchased an old 2 1/2" Maple bowling lane to cut up and make my 11' "L" shaped kitchen countertop and undermount my kitchen sink. I've had numerous issues with this beautiful chunk of wood. First, discovering that each board is nailed to the next with tempered twist shank nails and not glued.
. So, the planks flex and as if the old maple was not enough of a blade eater already, I then had to cut through them, which was like grinding metal in an auto shop.
I chased the no glue issue around a bit. I injected glue where I could and then routed out numerous channels on the bottom to run hardwood inset stringers across the underside and clamped, clamped and clamped. I seemed to do well but after moving the monster 11' counter a couple times the top side of the counter seemed to open a bit. So, I then bought an 1/2"x16" Ship Auger bit, drilled through the middle and forced glue in and then 1/2" dowels, especially on each side of the area for the 22"x33" undermount sink. I then ran a very old piece of Beech as the face trim and put in a 1/2" Black walnut dowel every 12" at an average of 5" deep. I all looks awesome. But the cutting out of the sink opening for the undermount was a complete B to the Itch.
Due to the sink I got a great deal on is 22" deep and the counter is 25", it has weakened it. Also, I did not want to have a major drop from the counter surface to the sink, went with 5/8", was 3/4" but a nail got in the way of the router.
SOOOOOOOOOO. Here are my issues that I want to hear on;
1) Looking for input on what to use went setting the sink into the opening and sealing it to the wood. Obviously the remaining 5/8" overlap is not going to be the support of the 100 lbs sink, but need to make sure it seals really well. I will make blocks and anchor bolts to hold the sink in place. Do I just use almond silicon or? I don't want to commit the sink to be completely permanent to the counter.
2) What do I use to seal up the underside and around sink mount area?
As for the top of the counter, has anyone used Rubio Monocoat? I don't plan on using the counter for cutting but counters get dented and wouldn't want to have to fix a dent/chip in a hard finish.
THANK YOU ALL for making it this far in my ranting post. I'm a bit hesitant right at this moment. I'm ready the mount the sink.
Thanks... I will post pics in a bit.