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Slop Sink

Nick Scarpa's Slop Sink

This month we proudly honor Nick Scarpa of Ocean, NJ, for using his beginning woodworking skills to transform a centrally placed slop sink from utilitarian to unique.

Dear Minwax:

Our first floor laundry room is the entry to the house from both the garage and the back deck. My wife, Gail, hated the look of the slop sink that greeted us upon entry to the house.

Taking inspiration from a Shaker style dry sink Gail had purchased several years ago in Lancaster, PA, I decided to try my hand at making a surround for the slop sink. Being a beginner woodworker with only basic tools, the simple elegance of the Shaker style appealed to me.

After a weekend of cutting, routing, sanding and assembling, I was ready to begin finishing. Because the pine used is soft, I used Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to allow even penetration of the stain. For color, we decided upon Minwax® Wood Finish™ #245 Golden Pecan. This gave the wood a nice country glow. For the finishing touch, I sealed the piece with clear satin Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane.

Gail now thinks the room has a "finished" look!