|Forum topic by AdamNKY||posted 03-19-2014 06:19 PM||3799 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
03-19-2014 06:19 PM
I’m going to be soon making an end-grain butcher block countertop for my island out of Walnut. Here’s the thing that makes me nervous—it’s really big…as in 11.5’ x 4.5 feet, which means a lot of movement. I plan on making it about 3 inches thick and it will be supported by cabinets on the front side, then a 2×6 knee wall and about an 18” overhang (also supported) for eating. There will be a small round prepsink undermounted in the middle.
I’ll probably make it in at least 2 pieces less than 30’ in width so I can run them through the drum sander, then biscuit or domino and glue the final two pieces together after setting them on the cabinet I’ll use a food safe oil finish.
Have any of you ever made or seen an end grain counterop this size…have you witnessed any serious warping or splitting issues? Any tips on making a butcher block of this size. Am I just setting myself up for disappointment and problems down the road? What else would you suggest—perhaps edgegrain glue-up for most of the island and then a few end grain 2’x3’ loose drop-ins flanking the prepsink? Please share your thoughts.
And if you have pictures of similar projects, please share…