Making a Solid-Surface Countertop
Synthetic materials can be worked like wood and polished like stone.
Synopsis: Albuquerque woodworker Sven Hanson takes the mystery out of fabricating countertops from solid surface material such as Corian. He covers the whole process, from gluing and polishing to cutting in sinks. If you’ve never worked with solid surfacing, this is a good primer on the topic.
Twenty years ago DuPont introduced Corian, the first solid-surface countertop material, to the building community. It was received with a chorus of yawns. On the one hand, it looked like stone but wasn’t the real thing. On the other, it resembled plastic laminate while costing three to four times more money.
But this neither fish-nor-fowl quality of the material doesn’t tell the whole story. The most desirable aspects of solid-surface material are its workability and durability. Unlike laminate, the color and pattern of solid-surface countertops go all the way through the material, which means it lasts longer and can be repaired…