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01-11-2012 12:29 AM

Hey guys. I’m new here, and busy reading past topics. While I educate myself, I thought I’d throw this out there for opinions.

I’m redoing a bathroom and all that remains is the countertop. Originally I was going to just use formica on top and edges. Then I thought it would be cool to bevel the corner, and bury a slice of jatoba in there for a nice routed reveal. When I brought the jatoba home and laid it on the vanity, my wife fell in love with it so Now I’m looking at making the entire top of jatoba.

That’s the backstory. Now my questions. The jatoba I have is 4/4. I’m thinking about joining 3 planks with biscuits to get 22” wide, then backing it with 1/2” ply all around. (I have a premade maple+wenge laminate I’m thinking of using for edging.

So what do you think? Am I insane? Anything I should watch out for?

Thanks!!


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#1 posted 01-11-2012 01:01 AM

No you are not insane. In mid 90’s I made bathroom vanity top using purple heart. Wood has been used for countertops for hundreds of years !

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 01:22 AM

When you say you are backing it with 1/2” ply , how are you fastening it to the plywood?

The only concern I would have is wood movement, and if it is glued for instance to the plywood, you may just end up having it crack when it wants to move.

I would forget the plywood, the 4/4 material is plenty thick enough.

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 01:35 AM

Plywood was to beef up the thickness. Also to give me enough thickness for mounting the face. Other suggestions?

Any rules of thumb for joints? Was planning on #20 biscuits and Titebond3. How many biscuits in 60”? Do I need to be concerned about grain direction for adjacent planks? If I get a decent edge on my tablesaw, will I be ok? (No jointer or planer)

More questions to come, I’m sure.

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 02:46 AM

See if this helps clarify. This was my thinking, unless you guys can point me in a better direction.
Thanks!

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 03:25 AM

If the plywood shown is just on the edge, you may be ok, I would still only screw it to the hardwood though.

If you have a glue line rip blade (Forrest or similar), you may be fine without jointing.

I would put biscuits every 16-20” to help with alignment, TB should be fine.

Orient your boards with the grain up, then down, then up for best results.

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 03:42 AM

Are you kidding me? Jatoba is highly toxic, it makes women want to spend money. Stick with the formica and send that jatoba to me for proper disposal. Your design is sound, the big question is finding a finish durable enough for bathroom use. With all of the humidity and associated wood movement.

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 03:57 AM

Hilarious. :) (And, you’re right. After my wife’s first trip to the specialty mill she began coming up with all sorts of ideas.)

Glad you brought up finish. The guys at the shop where I got the wood swear by Minwax Antique Oil Finish. Some there like Watco Danish Oil. A buddy of mine swears by Waterlox. Any opinions? I’d like it to remain as matter and natural looking as possible.

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 04:05 AM

No glue-line blade here, but now I’m jealous.

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#9 posted 01-11-2012 04:20 AM

Liberon Black Bison Paste “(Clear) Furniture Wax..EXCELLENT stuff, I can’t find it in Ontario YET. I bought mine few years ago when I lived in Saskatchewan, Canada. This is a waterproof paste, the more you work it the better the shine, each year you can add more . I have tried Minwax, and others, nothing compares in my opinion.This is a link:
http://www.thefurnitureconnoisseur.com/Liberon-Black-Bison-Pas...

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#10 posted 01-11-2012 01:44 PM

How long should I leave it clamped up before proceeding to the next step?

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#11 posted 01-11-2012 05:20 PM

It depends on the set time for the glue you are using. For most overnight is more that adequate.

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#12 posted 01-11-2012 06:34 PM

jscottsmith: I have had customers show me there plans that they drew up, on cigarrette packages, wide masking tape, top of their hand, old board, picnic dishes, I must say, your yellow napkin is from a very fine restaurant, has lines and everything !

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#13 posted 01-11-2012 10:10 PM

Heheh. That’s what I do. I’m a sketchy guy.
(I make drawings and computer renderings for my day job)

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#14 posted 01-12-2012 08:15 AM

Any recommendation on type of screw to use in order to avoid splitting the jatoba?

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