I did recess it. Boy oh boy, did the router make one heck of a mess.
Bought one 12x12 marble tile that kinda went witht he color scheme of
the kitchen. Even found grout that was harmonious. Routed out the
area for tile plus grout, applied thinset, set the tile, then grouted
(a bit later) around the edges. It juts up just a bit. Looks ok, but
unfortunately, in my haste to hit the road I forgot about taking a
Wasn't all that difficult, though you gotta remember to plan the
routing in such a way that the router has a base to stay on (i.e.
route methodically from one end to the other rather than randomly).
And, the kitchen sink kept getting in the way as I tried to position
the router guide I'd made.
I'd also suggest trying a bunch of 6x6 tiles and comparing the look
w/one 12x12, etc.
On Fri, 9 Jul 2004 10:29:43 -0400, "Steven P"
I to am looking for a drop in cutting board to repair a burned counter top.
I found this video from This Old House:
I thought this was perfect. After a little digging, I found the company that
manufactured this product was Counterware. Unfortunately, Counterware is no
longer in business.
The closest replacement I have found is from a company called Bull:
I have to check the clearance, but I think it will be perfect for my needs.
Since the Stainless Steel Tray is not fixed to the counter top, the whole unit
can be removed for easy cleaning.
When I installed new countertops a few (10?) years back, I wanted to
prevent a similar problem bound to happen from my coffee maker's
I took a 13" piece of hardboard and laminated both sides with scrap (only
one side matches the countertop).
Trimmed an inch or so off the corners to give it some shape, but I think
rounded/radiused would have looked better.
Instant hotpad - sacrificial if needed, cost zero. As additional security, I
put a square glass tray out of a trrashed microwave oven on top of that,
and it catches any drips/overflow from the coffeemaker and further
distributes any heat. It still looks like new.
FWIW - Installers can generate a tremendous amount of good will by giving
the customer a few of these at the end of the job - it's all there and would
go in the trash otherwise.
Mount your wooden template with double-backed tape. Don't skimp.
Some folks use the THIN carpet tape, others use what looks like regular
Scotch tape. I use the latter since there's virtually no thickness to it
and the other is too sticky - if you get a wrinkle, you're.... stuck.
Clean the counter with 409 and rinse it off with water first to get a good
Another FWIW- My cooktop resembles the drop-in SS tray with cutting
board that another poster mentioned. Wonderful concept, but a terror to
clean. Drips and spatters get between the lift-out modules. With a cutting
board stuff would always be straying into the gap if you cook like like I do.
Plus, now there's a lip to clean around instead of a flat counter - just like a
sink or cooktop. Also, that counterspace is lost to any other use. It got
burned, so obviously the room is needed. Where are you going to carve a
hot turkey or roast when you need that big cutting board that has a drip
groove? I see there's a drain in in the built-in version. Where does it go?
The idea of the small laminated piece presented is a cover-up, but may be
more feasible in use, and is certainly easier and cheaper.
Let us know your progress on this, whatever you decide to do.
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