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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 09:44 PM

I built my island from Hard Maple, which I feel is best also. We use ours for cutting all the time.
I think something like Oak would be a pore choice because of the open grain.

I usually glue them up with Titebond—-either II or III. They resist moisture as opposed to Titebond Original, Aathough I have evenused that in the past with good results. I cut strips from 3/4” stock a bit wider than the finish thickness I need. I use a glue roller to speed up that process. You either need to work fast, or maybe glue in sections if the top is large.

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