Cabinetry is not something that I do very often, but when we decided to redo our half-bathroom, I decided to custom-build a cabinet with a live-edge counter top and a shelf to better utilize the oddly-shaped space behind the door.
The cabinet was pretty standard, but I didn’t have any edge banding. With all the COVID-19 restrictiions, it’s a nuisance to go to the stores and honestly, I’d rather not anyways so I opted to make my own edge banding.
I resawed the melamine skin off of some melamine and rabbetted it into the cabinet parts.
I cut away the back corner of the cabinet to fit the 45-degree wall on the right, then built a toe kick, and screwed the cabinet into studs.
For the countertop, I selected a slab of elm with a fairly square (not sloped) live edge. I studied the shape, colouring, and characteristics of the slab and carefully marked my cuts.
After cutting the slab to rough size, I surfaced it with a scrub plane, followed by a belt sander.
Next, I carefully made a template describing the shape of the walls with a large piece of paper and a block of wood.
I transferred the template to the slab and carefully cut to the line with my jigsaw set to undercut by 3 degrees.
I mixed up some clear epoxy and filled the voids in the surface, then scraped it level after it dried.
My plan was to screw the slab to the cabinet on the right side, and some additional support was required for the left side. I used a router and slot cutter to mill a slot in the end of the slab to accept a batten.
I mounted the batten to the left 45-degree wall with screws into studs.
After a slight adjustment, the slab fit properly so I finished it with a few coats of satin polyurethane and rubbed it out with 0000 steel wool and mineral oil.
I scribed the open white shelf the same way as the top. To install it, I screwed one cleat to the left 45-degree wall and one to the outside of the cabinet.
To stiffen the shelf, I screwed a batten to the underside of the shelf.
Finally, I installed the shelf with a bead of cyanoacrylate glue on each cleat.