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Walnut kitchen countertop #3: Glue-up almost finished

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Blog entry by harum posted 01-28-2014 02:47 PM 1599 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The two panels were glued board by board, which made alignment easier, especially for the 37” right side. The overall size is 80” x 27”.

After the very last gluing today, I will trim the boards for them to fit the space around the oven range and start hand planing and sanding with an ROS. The glue lines are mostly flush, but not perfectly flush all the way along the length, so some flattening has to be done.

The sanding-after-jointing idea kind of worked: if I was careful about keeping the boards perpendicular to sanding paper, then the joining sides were getting only better; on one, rushed, I rounded the edge a bit.

Meanwhile I start getting decent edges using router with the left side shimmed by 1/16. Still require a bit of pressure to close the glue lines. I want to try trimming 1”-2” off the edges after router-jointing to see if this makes better fitting glue lines.

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



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#1 posted 01-28-2014 08:45 PM

You used epoxy….....yes?

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 10:17 PM

I decided that TB III would work best for me: longer open time, extra strength, waterproof and, not the least, popular among LJ-ers for tabletop glue-ups. This is dry TB III-glued boards with some squeeze out. It come off well with an ROS. I thought about epoxy-based glues, maybe that would’ve been a better option, but have read that they may expand or foam.

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

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 10:22 AM

Looking good, what finish do you plan on using?

-- Vince

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 07:52 PM

Thanks for the feedback. Have been thinking about Waterlox Original following staining after reading numerous posts on walnut tops finishes here on LJ. Will put a post on my finishing options.

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

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