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post #57 of Old 10-11-2012
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Re: Galley counter top material

Stainless steel. May sound intimidating and expensive, but it is actually quite cheap and easy. Build a top with 1/2" plywood complete with cut outs for sink, etc. Find a local metal/steel yard (again, you;d be surprised how easy) and get 16guage stainless steel sheet. Often they will cut the pieces into your outer dimensions for you for $1 a cut. getting stainless from a metal yard is really cheap. For example, I just got 12gauge (pretty thick) 1" stainless tubing - 20' for $31.00. Compare that to anywhere else in the marine industry at $8/ft. You could probably get the whole counter for less than $100. Once you have the exterior dimensions cut and matched, you simply need to trace the openings on the underside, mark with a sharpie and cut with an angle grinder or even a dremel. There are even steel cutting blades for jig saws. Heck, the guys at the metal yard might do the whole thing for an extra $50.
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