Sink, Stove and Faucet Cutouts
We are often asked whether sinks can be placed in a wood countertop. The answer is, Yes, Absolutely!
Both the Waterlox® finish and the Tung Oil/Citrus finish used by DeVos Custom Woodworking seal the pores of the wood countertop providing a waterproof surface where water will bead up rather than soaking into the wood. You can incorporate any type of sink into your wood countertop. With proper installation and maintenance (see our Care and Maintenance section and our Installation Instructions for details), your custom wood countertop will last a lifetime.
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Below are some examples of Undermount, Farm Sinks, Self-Rimming, and Vessel Sinks. Click on any photo below for a larger view.
Undermount Sinks are the most popular style of sinks we make cutouts for. These sinks are mounted directly under the surface of the countertop. The edge of the wood countertop is exposed at the hole created for the sink and is carefully finished by DeVos Custom Woodworking. The cutout in the wood countertop matches the shape of the sink and may have a zero, positive or negative reveal. With a zero reveal, the cutout is flush with the sink opening. With a positive reveal, the cutout is slightly larger (usually 1/8") than the sink showing a small amount of the sink rim. With a negative reveal, the cutout in the countertop is slightly smaller (usually 1/8") than the sink causing the countertop to slightly overhang the sink opening. While a negative reveal helps to ensure no water can build up between the countertop and the sink, the decision regarding which type of reveal to use is primarily a matter of taste.
Farm sinks (sometimes referred to as "apron front" sinks) are deep sinks that have a finished front that remains exposed. These sinks are typically undermount and can have a zero, negative, or positive reveals as described under udermount sinks. The wood countertop rims the farm sink on two or three sides but does not extend across the front of the sink.
Self Rimming Sinks
Self rimming sinks (also called drop-in sinks) sit in a roughly cut hole and have a rim that rests directly on top of the countertop. Even though the cutout for this type of sink is not visible, it is fully finished by DeVos Custom Woodworking to ensure a waterproof seal.
Vessel sinks are free-standing sinks that sit directly on the surface of the wood countertop. These sinks are popular options for bathroom vanity tops.