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How to Make a Penny Countertop p1

Penny counter top

 

Here is an Amazon link to the Epoxy I used for the penny countertop.

Penny counter top

 

Pre-cut pennies for the edges. This ended up being too many. Cut them as needed. Metal shears worked well.

Penny counter top

 

Pre-cut pennies for the edges. This ended up being too many. Cut them as needed. Metal shears worked well.

Penny counter top

 

Tracing the sink for the cutout.

Penny counter top

 

Empty parking lot where I stopped to make the penny countertop

Penny counter top

 

Drilling holes in all 4 corners of the sink outline.

Penny counter top

 

Using the jig saw to cut out the sink outline. With the drill holes allowing you to make the turns at each corner.

Penny counter top

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How to Make a Penny Countertop p3

The resin curing process slows down below 70 degrees. It ended up taking a few hours to harden which forced me to stay in this parking lot overnight.

Penny counter top

 

Sink still fits

Penny counter top

 

Penny countertop in place. The edge needs to be sanded.

Penny counter top

 

Close up of the surface.

Penny counter top

 

I sanded the edge with a belt sander.

Penny counter top

 

Polyurethane the underside of the countertop to prevent the wood absorbing moisture.

Penny counter top

 

Simple backsplash cut from sanded plywood. Then 3 coats of polyurethane.

Penny counter top

 

Counter installed with the wood edge painted black. Eventually, I will epoxy cut up pennies to this edge.

School bus conversion penny counter top

School bus conversion penny counter top

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How to Make a Countertop with Pennies p2

Hole cut for the sink.

Penny counter top

 

Sink fit just right. I order the sink from Amazon. Here is a link to the Amazon reviews and description.

Penny counter top

 

Black paint for painting the surface before laying down the pennies. You can see the cracks between pennies and black seems to be the best choice for making the pennies stand out.

Penny counter top

 

Foil tape worked well for making an edge to hold back the epoxy resin. I also stapled the tape all the way around the edge to make sure everything was secure.

Penny counter top

 

Close up of the foil tape. Here is a link to the tape I used.

Penny counter top

 

Picked up $40 in pennies from the bank. $2 per square foot is a good estimate when making your penny countertop. Get extra so that you can select the bet looking coins.

Penny counter top

 

All the pennies laid out. I opted not to glue down the pennies first.

Penny counter top

 

I only had two saw horses so I had to improvise a brace for the pennies. Make sure the countertop is level in all directions before pouring the epoxy.

Penny counter top

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Penny Countertop for School Bus Conversion

I made a penny countertop for the school bus conversion while boondocking this summer.

School bus conversion penny counter top

School bus conversion penny countertop

 

Here is an Amazon link to the Epoxy I used for the penny countertop.

Penny counter top

 

All of the pennies laid out with foil tape around the edges. A random empty parking lot turned into my workshop. Luckily there was a bank across the street. I accidentally corroded a batch of pennies in an attempt to clean them with peroxide and vinegar, Choose one or the other!

A pair of $20 metal shears from Home Depot allowed me to cut the pennies where needed. The cut pennies turned out to be my favorite so don’t hesitate to incorporate cut pennies in your design.

Penny counter top

 

Countertop leveled and resin poured. The sun went down then the temperature dropped below 70 degrees, The curing process slowed way down at that point. I was forced to camp out in this parking lot until the next morning when the counter could be moved.

Penny counter top

 

The epoxy had cured by morning. A leaf found its way into the epoxy during that slow dry time. But at least nobody stole the countertop while I was sleeping!

Penny counter top

 

This resin turned out very clear and you should definitely make sure to get excess pennies so you aren’t forced to use any ugly ones. You will be able to see the funky pennies! Click here for a more thorough breakdown of the build process.

Penny counter top

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