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woodman44

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980 days ago

I would like to replace my 6’ wide laminated counter top that has a 30” cooktop in the center with a butcher block. Maple appears to be the wood of choice.

Any plans, tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Happy Thankgiving.

-- Ken, Michigan


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#1 posted 980 days ago

Just put one in about a month ago. I went to Ikea and picked up (2)- 25”x8’x7/8” thick maple butcher blocks. My two-cents is that you have two different approaches.
- If you plan on using it as a chopping/ hot plate surface than just sand it to 180 grit max and put a GF salad bowl finish to it.
- If you plan on using it only as a counter and moisture is an issue then I would epoxy seal it and then use a marine’s varnish on it (3 coats min) and then sand back to a nice flat surface.
P.S. if you epoxy seal it, let it soak in and watch where the grain soaks it up. Re-apply until it wont take any more. Wipe off excess. It’s just a sealer. Not really meant as a top coat. That’s the varnishes job.
Good luck!!!

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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