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Project by cjwalker18 posted 05-10-2016 03:41 PM 1007 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Applying Watco Butcher Block Finish to a cherry/walnut brick pattern island top. I usually make cutting boards, so this was a very large project for me.

-- John, WI

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#1 posted 05-10-2016 05:58 PM

That there is a lot of gluing. Nice work.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 05-11-2016 01:09 AM

Beautiful! I can’t even begin to imagine how you did this. Seems like any error in alignment would magnify itself across the pattern.

-- Dennis in Kenmore, WA -- So much wood, so little time.

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#3 posted 05-11-2016 06:53 AM

Looks good, BUT you make a huge mistake! This top will crack over time, very soon… because you glue end grain “bricks” and long grain strips between! =(

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#4 posted 05-11-2016 02:01 PM

Looks good, BUT you make a huge mistake! This top will crack over time, very soon… because you glue end grain “bricks” and long grain strips between! =(

- Somov

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! Took you a whole 7 minutes from the time you joined until the time you felt the need to bless us with your knowledge?! You obviously know more than the other 1000’s of people who have made this design, including myself. Can you please share with us when this will happen? Is very soon under or over under a year? How about 5 years? 10 years?

Using a known fact, in a generalized form, as a means to try and discredit someone else’s work, typically reveals the limited real world experience someone possesses with said fact. This holds true yet again.

No Brain = No Headache

-- To Steal Ideas From One Person is Plagiarism; to Steal From Many is Research…

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#5 posted 05-12-2016 04:14 PM

I must agree with Somov and caution you to take reviews with an attitude of constructive advise. He is correct that your beautiful butcher block is doomed by physics to fail on the glue lines between end grain and flat (face) grain pieces. The rates of expansion and contraction of the wood as relative humidity changes are too great for the glue to overcome. It will come apart over time, depending on your weather.

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#6 posted 05-13-2016 02:43 AM

I will take the caution as suggested and I am always up for constructive criticism. However, I don’t see where you guys are seeing end grain glued. The end grain is the top of the table. All gluing was done with face grain. I also have made many boards with this design and have never had any movement. Granted this is my largest piece thus far, but I have made some just a size smaller without any problems at all. One of which is used everyday in a community kitchen and hasn’t received any oil or care for 4 years now. Is it possible you didn’t realize the end grain is the top? I am interested in anyone’s input. Thank you

-- John, WI

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#7 posted 05-13-2016 08:55 AM

I’m sorry, I really feel sorry for you. You have lived so many years and not know about wood elementary.
I wrote a criticism because you’ve done all this work, all very beautiful, high quality, but allowing this error your work will be useless very soon, in six months or a year. Just because the difference in the dimensions of wood change up to 10 times between end grain and long grain.
And why did you decide that I have no experience, just because I wrote my first comment? I really have been working with wood, I did a lot of grain end boards.
And I don’t understand why you reacted on my comment on the case.

Thanks to namenick to support =)

Best regards.

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#8 posted 01-10-2017 01:27 PM

John, looks great, top notch job.

Its been 8 moths to the day, any issues? I hope not.

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