I'm making an island for my kitchen which is just about completed. I really
like the look of beadboard and was wondering if it would be possible to use
this as a table top if I polyurethaned it. There is 1/2 inch plywood under
whatever I decide to top this with for support. It wouldn't be used for
cutting or hot materials, more just to eat at.
Sure, go for it. It will be a bitch to clean though. Them crevices will
start to fill after a while. Otherwise, it is as good as any other poly
coated material. Try to leave the poly fill in a bit so they will be
smoother and not as prone to collect crumbs.
If the table is very large, you may need more than 1/2" plywood.
forget the cleaning of the beads.
you will be spilling glasses of liquids all the time.
if you do make a table with bead board (wainscoting wood)
be sure to buy a wet/dry shop vac and lots of bounty paper
towels.........you will need it.
use the boards upside down
so it is flat on the top.
Personally I hate tabletops that aren't flat. Your plate and glass
rock back and forth while you're trying to eat, and glasses fall over
all the time.
Theoretically your ideal will work. Practically, I recommend against
not only what the rest of the posters are stating, but poly is easily
scratched. once it does so, liquids will get into the wood, causing
discoloration and bacterial growth. furthermore, you have to completely
remove poly to put more on when you refinish, and you won't be able to get
it out of the cracks between the boards.
there's a reason they use solid surface butcherblock, with no coating but
oil, as countertops.
cave creek, az
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