cutout and finishing for a maple butcher block

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Forum topic by Doug posted 09-01-2012 02:43 PM 997 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2012 02:43 PM

I just bought a 68” long x 31” wide x 3” thick piece of glued up maple on CL for 200 bucks. It is unfinished so im thinking that ill do the finishing myself. I also need to cut it to length and make a cutout for a cooktop. Does anyone have any suggestions on the cutout? I was thinking that a router template and multiple passes might be a good way to go. And if anyone has any suggestions on finishing it would be appreciated. Thanks

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 05:33 PM

Router on a 3” thick top is gonna be a chore ‘cause it’ll take a long bit and a big router. Rough saw first, then route with a pattern would be my choice. Use several passes or you’ll overload the router. Finish? You didn’t state what application you would use for the top. Countertop, workbench?


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#2 posted 09-02-2012 12:34 AM

I thought I mentioned that but it will be a kitchen island. The cutout is for the cooktop. I know I need a food grade oil to finish but just looking for any tips or suggestions. Rough saw cutout with what though? Circ saw? Jigsaw? thanks

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#3 posted 09-06-2012 02:21 PM

No other ideas?? Anyone?

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#4 posted 09-06-2012 03:05 PM

Can you even find a three inch long router bit? I would go with a good electric drill, if you have one, and drill a pattern just inside the cutout, using forstner bits or even spade bits which you can resharpen easily. Something big enough to get a recip saw blade in, like 7/8”
Then if you don’t have a recip saw, get one from HF which you will probably throw away when done, use a GOOD blade with a medium tooth count, and move from hole to hole approximating the cutout. Rasp the remainder of the hole into position by hand.
I would figure you will have some sort of flange on the cooktop, so it doesn’t have to be dead-on.
Three inch thick maple will be tough, burn and take out more than one blade, so attacking it in stages while knowing you are not committing to a huge mistake if a router ran on you seems like the way to go.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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