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Old 09-18-2014, 08:38 PM   #1
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19' Counter Space - Second Counter Plexi

If you use your stove all the time, you probably won't be interested in this but we use the microwave quite a lot.

I had a big piece of Plexiglass around and decided I would use part of it as a counter in our 19'. Didn't want to bother with our radial arm saw so took it to True Valu and for $2 they cut it to the counter dimensions, I think 32 3/4 inches by 22 1/2 inches. I taped things I had lying around to the underside such as a jar cap, corks, plastic bottle. The bottle diameter is greater than the height of burner knobs so as to clear them. The plexi at the burners sits on the burners. The corks at the side keep the Plexi from bending down and the cap and a cork are anchors in case it somehow moves forward, which is not likely. The Plexi is probably 1/4" and is heavy enough to stay put.

It is hard to see this but the stove is all under the Plexiglass and the pot holders and wood trivet are on top of the Plexi. So there is now counter from the wall to the sink and front to back. We can put it under the bed when not in use.
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:50 PM   #2
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How will you keep it from getting scratched?
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:18 PM   #3
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I don't get the rationale for a 2nd counter layer. I just cover the stove with a cutting board and we've got lots of work space.
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Your work space is on different levels. This is all one level which gives much easier and more stable space to work in.
I was putting something on the stove too where things could just fall off of it.
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:37 PM   #6
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I get the one-level idea - I find small bits of counter adjacent to stuff which is not flush are pretty useless, because you can't set anything of any significant size down without it falling over (tall stuff) or sliding away (plates). This is an interesting solution.
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Interesting. I think I'd prefer it though if it were made of a sheet of opaque material, like the stuff they use to make plastic cutting boards. I fully appreciate though that you used what you had. Waste not want not.
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Whoa, you had me there for a second. I'm going to be posting tomorrow and the title will be identical except for the last word. For a second I thought you'd read my mind

I'm a great fan of using available resource materials, the stuff my wife calls my junk . 2 bucks and you've got a nice large smooth surface, good idea.

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Contact paper can be put on the Plexi to decorate it how you want and that would not be see-through. I might do that but I kind of like seeing the Plexi.
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I think it's a great idea having just the one level however, I've worked a lot with plexi and it does have it's drawbacks. It scratches very easily, and 1/4" plexi will warp over a short period of time if it's weight isn't evenly distributed. It wouldn't surprise me if you used this plexi counter top as a proto type for a counter top of a different material.
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