Buy Precut Poplar Stock

Buy all the poplar stock precut at 4-foot lengths.

Step 1


Mark Studs

Using the stud finder and pencil, mark the studs at the desired height and location.

Step 2


Transfer Stud Locations

Transfer the stud locations on the 1x6-inch poplar plank (used as the ledger).

Step 3


Countersink Ledger and Spacer

Countersink two holes on the ledger every stud location. Countersink the 1x2-inch poplar (used as the spacer) every eight inches.

Step 4


Secure Countertop

Secure the spacer and the 1x16 (used as the countertop) using the piano hinge.

Step 5

Create Supports

Cut the 1x4 poplar stock into two 12-inch lengths to create the supports.

Step 6


Secure Supports

Secure the supports flush with the top of the ledger using the butterfly hinges 10 inches from either end of the ledger.

Step 7


Secure Ledger

Secure the ledger to the wall using 2-1/2-inch screws, the countersunk holes and the marked-out studs on the wall.

Step 8

Secure Spacer to Ledger

With the supports folded in, secure the spacer to the ledger using the 2-1/2-inch screws through the countersunk holes on the spacer. Lift the countertop, and paint or stain if desired.