Round Kitchen Counter Project. #3: Progress and a Question

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Blog entry by Jeff posted 12-30-2014 07:20 PM 1393 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Greetings, was going to wait till I was a little further along before posting anymore pics but I have a question about sealing the bottom side of the real wood.

Had to build this in place due to having to go around the posts but it is possible to separate the real wood from the osb and lift it up a couple of feet if necessary and coat the bottom with a poly. question is; is it really necessary being on top of the osb which has several layers of packing tape that prevented the real wood from gluing to it?

The osb has large holes which except washer head screws to hold them together allowing for expansion and contraction.

So far with some research, waterlox will be used on the top side as a final finish; unless someone has a better suggestion. :-)

This is taking way longer than I thought it would, all the sanding is done by hand with blocks and each piece is sanded before the next strip is glued to it…....... and lol 1/2 mile of strips in this one. :0

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Thanks for stopping by!!

Cheers – Jeff

-- To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 09:30 PM

Maybe a lot of work, but a beautiful result.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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Dan Krager

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 12:26 AM

I have always regretted not coating the bottom the same as the top, just not as much (if any) sanding on the bottom. If the top got 27 steps to finish, the bottom got similar. It doesn’t matter that your solid wood is laying on a vapor barrier surface…moisture will move at will between the layers. It is very helpful that your top is in a climate controlled area where moisture changes will be minimal. But as wood ages it moves, and it is quite important that the entrances and exits of the air exchange are equal to keep the stresses minimal. Sealing both sides greatly reduces the exchange rate in the wood and allows fibers to adjust to the changes more easily. Keeps things relaxed, so to speak.
You’ve put way too much effort into this beautiful arrangement to shortcut this one very important step.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 10:08 PM

Read Don’s answer three times … Now that you have, The story to reaffirm Don’s statement. I built the island in my daughters house and finished with the three part system; coated everything on all sides with BLO, sanded and coated everything on all sides with shellac, and then everything on all sides with first coat of poly (after sanding of course) and then put it all in place and continued on the top with the poly coats 3 more times and sanding between coats.
Her neighbor liked it so well he copied my design and installed it into his nearly identical house. only finishing the top.

Fast forward 6-1/2 years … My daughter’s island looks nearly new save a few wear marks, but the neighbor’s top shows several cracks and a bit of a warp in the top and the edge band has pulled away about 3/32 in spots.
The moral to this story is that wood will move and swell with ambient moisture if not sealed on all sides.

Do the extra steps, you will be proud longer.

Someone once said “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when will you ever find time to do it over again”?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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