@CVC, Thanks for rotating. Please do so again - I cannot crack it.
At the time, I only had a local oil-based polyurethane on hand. I have since become impressed with Rustoleum water-based, imported from the US, and am itching to try the same combination. But it does take time - watching the paint dry.
@DRT, thank you. I forget the name of the guy who posted the method, but he uses birdís-eye maple every week (professional woodworker). Even his stained birdís-eye popped.
The top is actually a piece of composite counter-top with Formica laminate, left over from my kitchen remodel. I applied an ABS edging all round. No danger of pots scraping - I built the unit to house some medical instruments in my examination room. Made the cable carrier for my EKG, from a piece of left-over Birdís-eye from the drawer fronts. The hinge and wall plate are iroko.
BTW, the joints are modified lid stays, with a one way friction action - pull away from the wall very easily, require some pressure to return them to the storage position.
Last edited by Cherryville Chuck; 07-24-2019 at 11:02 AM.
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