24 Jun Add Counter Space
When you’re not using your stove, does it bug you how much space it takes up? Space that could be used as a counter?
Recently, two readers have shared photos of how they created “removable counter tops” over their stoves and graciously agreed for me to post them here. Both are fairly simple DIY projects and even if neither one works perfectly for you, they may give you some ideas.
Que Tal had elaborate custom made covers for both the sinks and stove, but I almost never used them because they were really heavy and there was no convenient place to store them. And something that takes me 5 minutes to get out just isn’t going to used numerous times a day!Both of these look to be much more likely to be used all the time. With either, be sure that the stove surface has sufficiently cooled after the stove has been used before putting the cover on. And in really rough weather, you should remove the cover and stow it where it can’t become a flying missile and cause damage or injury!
Maple Cutting Board
Karla bought a large maple cutting board that just fit the stove top, with a couple of inches still clear at the back. Then she and her husband added a simple cabinet pull and two boat hook hangers (link to to buy them on Amazon) . . .
and she can easily hang it when she wants to use the stove. She notes that it also keep the stove top cleaner!
Plastic Cutting Board
Annette Baker sent me this picture of her stove cover (Annette has tons of boat sewing advice and resources on her blog, SeamlessSailor.com) that was created by the previous owner of her boat, Magnolia.
This uses a white 1/2″ thick cutting board, with wood added to both ends so that it fits snugly in the stove top. The pre-cut hole makes it easy to pick up.
The wood on Annette’s was routed and apparently glued onto the cutting board, but if you don’t have access to a router, you could also use separate pieces of wood on the top and bottom and screw or glue them to the cutting board. One nice thing about using the white plastic cutting board is that it weighs a lot less than a thick wood board, making it easier to move off/on the stove numerous times a day.