by Sydney Michalski
This project began, as many projects begin on the homestead, with a look ahead at what would help us meet the demands of farmwork and daily living.
A kitchen sink, in our lifestyle, performs a variety of functions. Of course, there’s the normal cooking and cleaning. But it’s also our washing machine. So, to get the best use out of it, it should have two bays, so kitchen-duty can continue while laundry-duty is in progress. It also has to be deep enough and wide enough to accommodate the pressure canner and large stockpot that we use in processing maple syrup and preserving food. The interesting thing about this is, when we went to look for a kitchen sink that could hold up to all these demands, it really wasn’t available on the normal market!
And so, it actually ended up making more sense to make a sink out of wood…To make something that would fit our wide variety of work requirements, a unique sink for a somewhat unique lifestyle!
For a large, unusual project like this, it’s helpful to have a prototype. There are just so many variables. The shape, the wood, the joints, the finish…At every step, something unexpected could come up, and it’s easier to deal with those moments on a smaller project, and get them all worked out, before starting on the big one.
And so, the story of The Kitchen Sink actually begins with The Bathroom Sink!
Made out of white pine, this sink is essentially a dove-tailed box. We decided on a flat back, with gently sloping sides and front. It was difficult for Joe to cut the dovetails for the joining compound angles, but after doing it once, we hope it will be much easier next time! Joe chose angles of 7 degrees for the sides, and 12 degrees for the front. Whenever he has the opportunity to choose numbers in his projects, Joe always looks for ways to honor the Lord with his choices, things like 3s and 7s and 12s. It’s a small thing, but honoring Him in the small things keeps Him more constantly on our minds.
Rather than try a traditional finish in this case, since it’s important for it to be entirely water-proof and long-lasting, Joe went with a highly-recommended marine finish for wooden boats. This finish is 3 layers of West System epoxy and 3 layers of Epifanes varnish.
It’s holding up great! The story will continue, stepping up to the next level with a full-size kitchen sink, as soon as the Lord works it into our schedule…In the meantime, farm season is underway, and days are more full of clearing and tilling and planting than woodworking, right now.