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Forum topic by agallant posted 10-10-2011 05:14 PM 866 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2011 05:14 PM

I am making a table and want a butcher block sytle top. I was thinking of rimming 2 inch peaces of wood, off setting them, glue and pin nailing them, then claming them togeather. I am open to other ideas, how do you do it?

-AG


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#1 posted 10-10-2011 05:38 PM

why pin nailing them if you are using clamps? I would just clamp them without the pins.

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#2 posted 10-10-2011 05:52 PM

I was planning on gluing, pinning and clamping.

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#3 posted 10-10-2011 05:54 PM

ah ok :)

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#4 posted 10-11-2011 06:08 PM

Started by ripping 8/4 Maple on the Tablesaw. Flipped the peices edge grain up. Glued and clamped together (no pins, no biscuits). Surfaced front and back through a wide belt sander. Voila’.

If your top is going to be wider than about 24” I would consider using an all-thread bolt drilled through each peice and drawn together with washers and nuts (countersunk of course). Just leave off the last strip on each edge until after the center section is glued and bolted together, then glue the last strips on the edge afterwards. You can get fairly wide tops this way without worrying about splitting or leveraged stresses along the grain.

Just a caution, these are always more work than most people assume.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#5 posted 10-11-2011 06:11 PM

I mde the first top last night out of 8/4 oak and bubinga. I ripped the strips to 1 1/2 inch cross cut each strip in a random patters, glued, brad nailed and clamped, seamed to work. I will post some pics when I get home.

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