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Wooden sink


Have any of you ever made one?

What do you use as a finish? Obviously boats have been made out of wood for centuries, but I believe they used fiberglass. Iím not thinking that would be a finish of choice to do on a kitchen sink.

Iím wondering if polyester would be strong enough and Iím guessing some type of two part glue would need to be used.

Tx ahead of time!

6/18/19       #2: Wooden sink ...
Tom Gardiner

The short answer is do not do this. Ask any wooden boat owner and they will tell you about the constant maintenance.

6/18/19       #3: Wooden sink ...
MarkB Member

There is a small shop near us that has made several wood sinks and wood counter in wet locations. Im with Tom that none of my customers would maintain them but if yours would this guy uses CPES on all of it. I think he is partial to Smiths but my guess is any of them would be about the best protection you could hope for and yes, he does all the assembly with epoxy.

6/18/19       #4: Wooden sink ...
David R Sochar Member

There are several firms that make tubs and sinks everyday.
They are not likely to share their proprietary information about processes they may have spent tens of thousands of dollars developing.
Google shows two kinds of tubs - the ones with vertical slats, related to the old wooden stock tanks in every animal lot in the US, up until WW2. A Japanese soaking tub is built this way.
And some have true sculpted forms. Again, the process is not discussed.

6/21/19       #5: Wooden sink ...
the google

we've done it a couple of times. mostly for people with more money than sense, so i'm guessing these aren't used very hard. although, one was in a master bath, so more use that the others.

6/23/19       #6: Wooden sink ...
Pat Gilbert

Clever jig

7/3/19       #7: Wooden sink ...
David R Sochar Member

Pat - Do you like the pivot jig? That is nice compact one.
When making handrail upeasings and over easings, I have made swing jigs for the shaper or router table that will swing a piece of curved rail past the cutters to match the handrails. Usually no more than a 12" radius.
In fact, one project I have not yet set up is using a power feeder support - column, cross piece and fittings - to make short radius pieces. I would have to make - or have made - an aluminum base for the router that would attach quickly and securely to the feeder, at either the back end, or the business end once the feeder motor was removed.

I think it could be huge, with a market developing for longer horizontal tubes.

7/3/19       #8: Wooden sink ...
Pat Gilbert

That's brilliant Dave, it's the very type of thing I like about woodworking. It sure as hell is not building boxes.

8/4/19       #9: Wooden sink ...
Rufus Cooke  Member


Hi Guys,
I recently about spent about a year and a half working with this custom furniture maker which also produces a made-to-order line of teak sinks and baths. I was extremely skeptical about their durability, but the shop's teak bathroom sink was 5 years old when I left and it was still looking nearly new. These things are much more complex than they look - foam cores with sawn veneers, lots of engineering time to seal around the drains and overflow. They have a natural finish that resembles teak oil, but it is incredibly impervious.
I have to say that Bill Garvey is really quite an amazing man to execute this so well.

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