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The Journey of Building a Custom Wood Counter Display

A few years back, we got a call from a client who wanted to construct a simple custom wood counter for his Gallery Store. He had some basic requirements like it should be sturdy and last for at least 10 years. The specifications weren’t that hard to meet. The challenge was how to keep it simple and precise. We went through several iterations before we finally nailed the design and made him a simple custom wood store counter which he loved!

Simple things can make all the difference sometimes. How did we end up making a custom wood counter you ask? Read on for some Handyman hints on how to complete a custom project like ours.

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The Requirements?

  • A durable counter unit with a sunken area for a cash register
  • Nothing too intricate. Keep it simple.
  • Budget materials
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Getting the Design Ready & Getting the Supplies

Similar to our sketch of a custom counter display, in order to build a custom wood counter, a sketch is always a Must. A quick drawing of ideas always helps to get the ball rolling. We can then carry the best ideas forward and put more thought into how everything should look in a 3D program such as 3dsMax. Once everything is clear and we like the final design, we can present it to the client. In this instance, the client loved our suggested design. So with a seal of approval in our pockets, we were now able to advance to the next level – Purchase Materials.

As depicted in our photos, our custom wood counter design includes a sunken register area, a back compartment for a fridge and a main window display for a showcase area. Additionally, the counter is complimented with a narrow side counter, a tall glass display case from IKEA, and a DVD shelving unit positioned on the back wall.

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Adding Details and Completing the Project

Construction-wise, the top board consists of finished wood and plywood secured together for extra thickness. Instead of veneer edging that can’t be stained, we apply a roll of non-glued natural Oak edging along the edges with adhesive. After the Oak edging is fully secured into place and trimmed down with a razor, we sand the corners down to a smooth and rounded edge. Stain and then varnish are applied for a solid looking finish. After everything is dry and assembled, the finished counter fits perfectly into its pre-planned position.

A simple finished piece, given just enough love, will always add a ton of character to any shop, home or garden. This was a fun project to build!

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If you are considering taking on a project like a custom wood counter or similar for your business or home, and you are new to woodworking, we suggest Woodwork101 to help get you started. Yes, there are many materials that can be found online, via a piece by piece collection, but it’s always great to have a full and condensed version of everything you need readily available. For more details, visit: Woodwork101

Tool Recommendations

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Milescraft 7336 Pocket Jig 200XCJ – To build a custom wood counter of your own, then you are going to need a pocket hole jig. It’s great for placing strong and secure screws on the inside of cabinetry, where they can’t easily be seen. This particular set is conveniently small, so it is easy to carry around the job site. |

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Brushless Impact Driver and Hammer Drill Icon

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Brushless Impact Driver and Hammer Drill (DCK287D2) – This set provides the best of both worlds. You’ll need the driver for large pieces of wood, and then the drill, with its adjustable torque settings, for more delicate work, like securing drywall, assembling IKEA furniture, or building cabinets. The drill can also be set to hammer drill, to quickly drill through cement and brick. |

DEWALT 6-1/2 inch Circular Saw Icon

DEWALT 20V MAX* Circular Saw, 6-1/2-Inch, Cordless Kit (DCS565P1) – A cordless circular saw, for any build, is a must! A 6.5 inch unit has just enough depth for all your needs, plus, it weighs less than standard 7.5 inch saws. A battery and charger is included in this package. |

Tool Purchases to Avoid

For a project like creating a custom wood counter or similar, the following are two types of power tools that you should avoid purchasing altogether:

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Corded Drills – Don’t. Just don’t. Unless it’s for mixing cement, or drilling a 4-6 inch diameter hole through concrete, you will never need a drill with a cord. Drills are needed on roofs, attics, and basements…. and also in many painful positions and places. It’s best if you did not have to worry about a cord.

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Corded Circular Saws – The cord will always get in your way. Avoid plug in circular saws. For a battery powered circular saw like the Dewalt 20V Max shown above, it is best to get a pair of Powerextra 20v 6.0Ah lithium Ion batteries. |

We Are Here to Help!

Building a custom wood counter that is both sturdy and attractive can be done with a bit of patience, planning, and know-how. However, if you don’t have the time and would like to leave it up to a professional, always feel free to Contact Us for assistance. We always love to help!

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