First I want to thank you all for the good ideas.
One thing I am beginning to realize is that the Big Box stores here in the East are way different than in the South and the Midwest (across the Delaware River) You folks can get lumber, they will special order for one or two items, they carry stuff our stores don't etc
Kerry suggested that HD will let you buy smaller than 4x8 pieces of Formica...the answer I got when I asked that yesterday was, ' we usta dodat but nomore'
Now as to varnish, I did inquire of the Higher Power whether that would work. Higher Power let me know that WOULD NOT work. We were going to have laminate.
Now it happened that yesterday in looking around we did see a 10' damaged countertop at Lowe's--one of those particle board covered with formica things...it was on sale for $25. And, after thinking about it, I decided that was a price hard to beat! So today I went back and bought that sucker. Granted, it is about 25% heavier than a piece of ply would be but after I cut off the damage the counter top will be ready to install. Besides, I think this will earn me brownie points so I don't have to build a slide out for the home entertainment center!
But, I do appreciate all the good ideas, its just that we got lucky.
I will seal the PB so that too much moisture doesn't get in there...
A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman...
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