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Forum topic by ryguy posted 02-02-2012 06:31 AM 856 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2012 06:31 AM

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Hey guys I am thinking of building some butcher blocks and I was able to get from a school a number of art tables that are butcher block. I am fairly certain they are maple, but they are face grain. I planed them down and the wood looks great, but here is my question: can I cut a couple of them to make end grain butcher blocks? The concern I have is that the wood is already glued together in table tops and could the glue they used be toxic or bad? They are at least 30 year old tops and I could use them elsewhere in other projects, but I thought using a bit for butcher blocks would be great. (especially since they are already glued up for me) Thanks for your input in advance

-- Ryan, Cincinnati, OH

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#1 posted 02-02-2012 12:59 PM

Many people may not agree with me but I would use the tabletops. The percentage of glue line as part of the top is quite small, and the most of the glues used then weren’t that toxic. On the other hand they may or not be water resistant. Testing may be in order.
After all your using the tops not eating them.

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