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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 01-05-2017 08:04 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PhillipRCW

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01-05-2017 08:04 PM

I have a ton a scrap wood of various species that I’m interested in making a butcher block table with. I’ve done a few projects like this before, but I always seem to have a gap here and there between the butt joints. I added a few links below that show the overall style of the top, but you can even see some gaps there too. Any suggestions on what to do to tighten the joints up? I’ve heard of cutting the butt joints at joining 45 degree angles or using finger joints, but I’ve never tried either method. Anyone have any experience here, or with other ideas?

http://imgur.com/a/d3zJ9#6

http://www.instructables.com/id/Scrap-Table/

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.


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DirtyMike

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#1 posted 01-05-2017 08:14 PM

I had a little trouble with the butt joints when i made my first butcher block slabs. Come to find out my saw was not setup for a perfect 90. Its not the easiest thing to clamp from the sides while doing a butcher block but it could help. The glue up is critical, have it laid and ready to clamp. the open time on your glue will come quick. I highly recommend making some pvc glue up rails like mtm wood on you tube.

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#2 posted 01-05-2017 09:28 PM

I made cutting boards for Christmas and tried to make up for similar issues by flipping the boards until it was a zig-zag rather than one big curve and planed it after the glue up.

Planing/jointing to true square before the glue up would have prevented most of that but good tight clamping during glue up and planing afterward will cover up most problems.

The tough part is finding a planer wide enough to do the whole top.

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