This project is completed using only a few 1x4s and a single 1×6, purchased from your local home center or hardware store.
Tools & Supplies:
The first step is to cut your 1x6s and 1x4s to length on the miter saw. The lengths of these boards will depend highly on the size of your stove stop. Remember that 1x4s have an actual dimension of 3 1/2″ so your total measurement should be divided by 3.5 to calculate the amount of 1x4s you will need.
After your boards are cut to length and laid out in an orientation you like, apply some wood glue to the back sides of the 1x6s. The 1×6 boards will be the only pieces that have wood glue. I do not join the edge grains of the 1x4s together simply because the 1×6 joinery to the 1x4s will suffice for rigidity and usage.
Place the 1x6s on top of the 1x4s perpendicularly and make sure the edges and corners are all flush. Then, install finish nails through the 1x6s into the 1x4s. I use 1 1/4″ 18 gauge brad nails. If you aren’t happy with seeing the nail holes in the top of the board, you could alternatively shoot the nails through the bottom of the 1x4s into the 1x6s. If you do this though, ensure the nails are fully set to ensure the metal nail heads will not scratch the surface of your stove top!
Once the glue dries, clean up and remove any glue squeeze out in the corners and on the edges. Then, begin sanding. I used my random orbital sander and started at 120 grit and went up to 220 grit.
Time to stain or paint. I used “Classic Black” wood stain as that is the color the customer wanted. However, you could use whatever stain color you like or you could choose to paint instead!
After the stain dried overnight, I used my CNC router with a 90-degree v-carve bit to carve out the design that the customer requested. If you do not have a CNC router, you could use a printed template and carve the design manually using a rotary tool, Dremel, plunge router, or hand tools.
Next I located the center of both the width and the length of the 1×6 side pieces. I used a nail punch to mark the centers of where my holes will need to be for the handles. Before punching the centers, note the size of your handles and the distance between centers of the 2 screw locations. If you measure to center on the 1x6s and your handles are 3 inches between center, you will need to both add and subtract 1 1/2″ to ensure you final handle placement falls exactly at the center point.
I then drill out the holes for the handles and install the handles. I use the longer screw bolts provided with the handles to screw through the bottom of the 1x4s, through the 1x6s and into the handles on top.
The last step in this project was to install some felt pads on the bottom of the board. This protects the stove top from being scratched by the wood or screw heads.
This project is now finished and delivered to a happy customer!
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