Can I make a counter top out of this?

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Forum topic by Charlie posted 05-07-2012 11:49 AM 834 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2012 11:49 AM

Here’s what I’m looking at:

I have to build a counter top for an island. Basically the island is 3 ft by 8 ft. It will have a gas cooktop in it.

I don’t want a butcher block look. I’m going after more of a plank look. My thought was to get enough 6/4 to do this and run it through the planer, hopefully ending up ant something over 5/4.

This is for a “cottage kitchen” (as my wife calls it) so a perfectly flat top isn’t crucial. Obviously it should be flat, it just doesn’t have to be perfect.

I’ve just never done a counter top before and wonder about construction. Edge glue with spline? Biscuits?

The question about the wood is that I don’t see any sticks in the pile. Looks like it’s just stacked. “air dry for 20 years” .... ok… but how dry is it if there’s no air circulating in the pile?

Is this worth lookin’at? And how far off am I in terms of making a counter top out of it?

The finish would be oil. No poly. No waterlox, no varnish. Just oiled. I’ve used wood counter tops that are simply oiled and we had one in a cottage when I was a kid that was about 40 years old back then. It still looked fabulous. I’ve got butcher block counter top in one section of my kitchen now that’s several years old and it’s only ever been oiled. No other finish. It still looks like new and it’s what the cooktop is set into now. I oiled the BOTTOM of it when we first got it. Several times. And now we just oil the top. So USING a wood counter top, I’m ok with.

BUILDING it is another story. Titebond III is what I’d assume for edge gluing, but…. what affect would oiling have on TBIII? Am I nuts to take this on WHILE trying to build cabinets? :)

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 04:30 PM

OK and I might change my mind on the waterlox. I just looked it up and watched videos and stuff and it IS an oil finish, but with dryers. Tung oil in fact. One of my favorites. So maybe waterlox. :)

Bruce was right again! Something about folks with experience. They get smarter the more we look into stuff….. kinda like parents. (My kids once told me I seem to be smarter as THEY get older…. heheheh)

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 04:49 PM

As far as if this wood should have been stickered or not, I would consider the fact that it has been around for 20 years. I would guess that it would have been stickered until dry, then restacked after it was to the correct moisture content to use up less space. Just my guess. Good luck with the countertop.

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