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Old 07-07-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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Sink Cover Questions

Rank noob alert - just bought my first Airstream, an '89 Excella, and am preparing/outfitting it for full-time use.

Regarding the heavy cover plates that fit in the kitchen sink ... D-shaped with a finger-hole, appear to be made of the same material as the countertop:

1) Can these be used as cutting boards?

2) What material are they made of? (Just curious.)

3) A thorough washing has revealed a couple dirt-trapping chips in each. Can these be sanded out or filled? (Important if it IS intended to be a cutting board)

4) Is there a functional reason why they're so darn heavy?!? (To keep them from bouncing around in transit or something?)

Thanks in advance --

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Old 07-07-2015, 12:19 PM   #2
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The sink cover in my Bambi II was made of laminated plywood. Never tried to use as a cutting board, just soft wood. The cover on my Safari is made from heavy duty plastic/polyurethane. I use it as a cutting board regularly.


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Old 07-07-2015, 09:20 PM   #3
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Generally they're heavy due to thickness and particle board, they're same as countertop. So would you use that as cutting board , you can but expect them to get cut up, also not made to be easily sanitized/washed.
They're meant to provide extra counter space when not using the sink.
Do not leave them in the sink during travel, they have a very high tendency to become projectiles that cause damage.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:02 AM   #4
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That helps, thanks.

I WON'T use the inserts as cutting boards then, and will buy a dedicated cutting board for my chopping and slicing needs. At some point, I may replace one or both inserts with cutting boards, though, which would be a fun project and look pretty.
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Mine are Corian and would cut easily if used as a cutting board.

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Old 07-08-2015, 06:16 AM   #6
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My Solution

The one in my Bambi II was chipped, ugly and HEAVY. Replaced it with a cutting board mounted to plywood and added a finger hole.
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:30 AM   #8
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:46 AM   #9
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Related to this: do you guys know of a good supplier for sink cover replacements? I have an '89 Squargosy with no sink covers and would love them so I can have more counter space. Thank you for any info!

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