In which we actually succeed in making a zinc counter for the kitchen island and it looks GOOD!!!
Sunday morning we took off the weights, unscrewed the counter top from the island, and flipped it over. The next step in the zinc bending was harder – we needed to fold the zinc under and up behind the edge, so that if someone runs their hand under the edge of the counter they won’t slice it open. This meant creating two 90 degree bends just ¾ of an inch apart, around all four sides. We tried several different methods but ultimately found that if we achieved a slight bend with a piece of wood and a mallet, a channel lock – followed by solder and a grinder – could do the rest.
We vacuumed up all the sawdust and zinc dust, flipped it over, vacuumed it again, placed it, re-attached it with screws from underneath, drilled the hole for the faucet, and made sure the sink still fit before sticking it down.
Then we soldered and ground the corners.
Steve measured and placed the Capita bar supports we bought at Ikea months ago while I measured and placed the decorative nail heads around the edge – all stars except one made from a shell casing that I just couldn’t resist. Note to self – if you just try to hammer these into the zinc, they will break. If you use a punch first to pierce the zinc, they slide right in.
The last thing we did before heading home was to place the walnut burl bar counter I slaved over this summer on the supports. It’s actually not quite finished, because we have to take the Capita supports off the island counter so we can reach all four screws that will hold the bar in place, and then reattach the whole thing, and then I want to do one final coat of marine Spar varnish, and we didn’t have time Sunday night. But we got it attached enough so that, while you can’t lean on it, you can see what it will look like – and I have to say, as weekend warriors who are doing everything for the first time, we were amazed that it looked – pretty much exactly as we’d envisioned it.
The only thing I’m not sure about is the pink. I might change that.