Building and Installing Live Edge Walnut Countertops

We have been building a lot of live edge tops lately, especially in walnut. I try to keep plenty of walnut slabs on hand, but it seems like they are going out as fast as we can get them in and dried (which is the slowest part). For our latest countertops, I cut down a 13′ long x 28″ wide single slab of walnut into two 6′ long countertops. They are right next to each other, separated by the oven cabinet, so I wanted to use one piece for a continuous look.

Below is a video of the construction and installation of both of the countertops. It starts with transcribing the cardboard template onto the slabs with spray paint. I landed on using spray paint because it is quick and accurate and very visible. The countertop on the right side has an undermount sink, so we got to use the CNC router for the cutout (I don’t know how we ever got by without that thing).

Tom went with me on the install and everything went very smooth. Plus, he got to try out a new tagline for our videos.

About wunderwoods

Hi! My name is Scott Wunder and I am the owner of WunderWoods Custom Woodworking. We build wine cellars, built-ins and furniture from local woods, here in St. Louis, MO. Recently, I finished a three-year term as the President of the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild, which had me writing a monthly article for our newsletter. I love to write, especially about wood, and found that I still had more to say. Every day I run into something wood related that I realize some of my customers don't know and this seems like a great forum for sharing what I have learned (instead of telling the same story to each person). The main thing to remember is that I try to keep it light and as my wife always reminds people that have just met me, "He is joking."

4 responses to “Building and Installing Live Edge Walnut Countertops”

  1. Brent says :

    Hey Scott, what is the hot glue gun filler you are using? Does it require an accelerator?

  2. Stephen Grojean says :

    Could you use a 22” diameter walnut tree with minimal woodpecker holes? I’d like to cut it down soon. The straight trunk is approximately 20’. Stephen

    Sent from Stephen’s iPhone


  3. stuart a pickens says :

    thank you scott for another project video. always fun to see what you are up to.

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