Walnut kitchen countertop #1: cutting and gluing

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Blog entry by harum posted 01-16-2014 08:14 PM 1896 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This countertop around oven range will be made of two separate pieces which connect through a “bridge” with one seam behind the range. The right part is about 13” x 24”, the left—37” x 24”. The bridge is of two parts, each is 40” x 3” and to be glued to either left or right side to allow one seam connection.

Cut the 1-13/16” walnut boards into segments:

The left side glue-up:

Two boards of the right side glue-up:

Don’t know if this is a good approach or not… Sanded the edges of the boards before gluing with 150 and then 220 grit sandpaper attached to a stone plate. Or two plates and four sheets of sandpaper for 37” boards. The edges have to be smoothed to eliminate slight, but palpable, gouges left after jointing. That the boards are almost two in. thick helps. After applying an even pressure to the top edges and moving boards a few times back and forth on their bottom edges, the joining surface is really smooth and straight—hope this approach works… Wish could do this with a hand plane.

As a test, I have edge-joined 1”-thick pine boards into a glue-up panel using a hand plane for jointing. That was relatively easy because pine was such a soft wood, it was easy to plane and all small imperfections of hand plane jointing were corrected by the clamps. Doubt that hardwoods like walnut can be treated this way too.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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