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Forum topic by Talthoff posted 08-28-2012 03:20 PM 1397 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2012 03:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: butcher block edge grain end grain white oak reclaimed wood floors question

im looking at building a butcher block counter top for the peninsula. size will be Length of 61” and width of 37” (depth of counter top with 12” overhang”). I am thinking of building it out of reclaimed white oak wood floors with edge grain and working in new leftover white oak wood floors that i used with my remodel.

My questions:
1) since no piece will be 61” long do i just butt them together?
2) do you think the look will be odd with the width of each board being less than 3/4” (after i plane the face and back of each board)?

3)if i did end grain how would that look my boards are not square roughly 3/4 by 2”?

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#1 posted 08-28-2012 10:29 PM

Just my opinion:
1) yes, butt them together as tight as you can. And it’s an easy fix later on if a gap shows up.
2) I think it will look better with the edges exposed than the end grain method.. Probably easier to finish also.

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#2 posted 08-29-2012 12:14 AM

Butt ends will not present any problems since wood doesn’t expand lengthwise. Looks are in the eye of the beholder so I can’t offer any input there other than to suggest that you look at cutting boards here on LJ. Personally, I love the look of end grain and it would give you the opportunity to introduce some very attractive design elements.

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