Yesterday I shared with you how I made my $50 wood countertop and mentioned that I kept the sink cutout and mounted the sink with an extra wide reveal for a purpose. I wanted to use my sink cutout as an insert to sit on the sink reveal and extend the counter space all the way to the wall.
When I was shopping for a sink I was looking for one shaped in a way that would allow me to mount my faucet in the back, right corner — like this.
So when the sink is not in use I can swing the faucet to the side and put the wood insert in place and use the full countertop for folding clothes.
Creating the insert was simple.
After carefully cutting around the sink template, I kept and sanded outside edge of the cutout.
Then I used a hole saw on my drill to cut out two hand holds. I drilled two holes about 4″ apart to create a rounded end and then used a jigsaw to connect the circle cuts.
The end result looking like this.
After cutting the hole I used a drum sander to clean up the cut and make them as uniform and smooth as possible.
Then repeat the whole process of staining and oiling like I did on the countertop.
I never brought the insert up to color check so it’s not a perfect match but it’s pretty good and this is one element that I’m not being a perfectionist over. It’s a design element for function not beauty and it serves it’s purpose.
As always it looks great!!!!!!
Brilliant! Thank you so much for showing the details. Your laundry room is going to be (yet another) work of art. 🙂
Sue Evans says
I love this, and want one for by bathroom sink which is old & mounted to the wall. How do we make a template for that?
Sinks that will work as undermounts, will have a lip that allows you to attach it to the bottom of a countertop; either with clips or with adhesive. You can create your own template by tracing the shape of the sink onto paper. Trace the outer edge and the inside edge. It’s important to trace the whole thing so you know how much space you need to leave for the lip underneath, as well as where to cut the hole.
[email protected] says
Such a clever idea!