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aawshads

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324 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: counter top advice walnut joining maple

Ok, in the process of building a butcher block counter top for my island in the kitchen. It is strips of Walnut and Rock maple. Finished it will be 72” x 36” x 2”. That makes it extremely heavy. I was thinking of making it 2 parts and joining them with draw bolts. This is not an end grain top, each wood strip is 36” long, glued up into panels. I surmise that this will do 2 things, 1) make it easier to manage and install, 2) help ease some of the stresses in the wood when environmental changes happen. In order to further ease those stresses I also plan to make it a floating counter top, securing it using screws fastened through a larger hole/washer combo to give it a little room to move if necessary.

Next thing, this will not be a counter we plan on cutting on, more for aesthetics. What would you finish it with? I for sure want the wet look, have thought about the old standby of mineral oil, but I do not know if reapplying monthly will be too much of a pain or not. That is more than likely what I will do if no one has a better suggestion. thanks all


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MrRon

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#1 posted 324 days ago

Use a polyurethane varnish on all surfaces and ends.

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 324 days ago

Im working on a similar project, walnut counter tops. Ill be using General Finishes Arm-A-Seal on a suggestion from Charles Neil. My other choice would have been Waterlox Orignal Formula.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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aawshads

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#3 posted 324 days ago

Thank you both. That Arm R Seal looks interesting, i will inquire into it further…

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chrisstef

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#4 posted 324 days ago

Ive used it on a small ambrosia maple coffee table I made about a year and a half ago. Just last night I watched my one year old son beat on that soft maple top with one of his toys relentlessly. Not a scuff to be found in the finish.

Good luck on the build aawshads.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 324 days ago

My choice would be a food-safe oil. Aesthetic or otherwise this is a countertop.

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Charlie

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#6 posted 324 days ago

Waterlox

‘nuff said.

:)

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 324 days ago

That was the reasoning for my other finishing choice being Waterlox ^

Im shying away just from my lack of usage with it. Besides that, Charlie’s post has a great write up on how he achieved such a great finish. Ill be following the same application process just using a different product.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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aawshads

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#8 posted 324 days ago

where is the article? i have looked at his blog and projects, i would love to read it.

also any comments on two pieces vs one?

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 323 days ago

http://50.115.35.242/topics/44962

It toward the bottom of this thread.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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