End grain countertop over dishwasher

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 08-05-2014 01:10 AM 1029 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2014 01:10 AM

I have a customer that wants a 24” square end grain counter top over their dishwasher. Should I be concerned about excess moisture.?

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 01:37 AM

Most dishwashers have a vent right near the counter top. This is for excess moisture. During the dry cycles, it’s basically steam. I don’t know how long or how well an end grain counter top will hold up to that.

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 11:24 AM

Have her sign a release if you do it. I have seen some dishwashers create a ton of steam. I wouldn’t do it.

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 12:19 PM

I did mine….in a face grain. I also made sure that first piece that ran parallel to the door was wider then the door, so any steam would hit wood rather then a glue line. I was worried but had no choice as we needed a top and had run out of budget but of course I always have lots of lumber. It has worked out fine although my dishwasher dosnt put out a ton of steam. I also ran clear silicone under that lip, anything to keep the moisture and heat away. I would not try this with an end grain and would be nervous to do it again. Id make sure my customer knew that it could all go very bad…

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 12:37 PM

Laminate a piece of sheetmetal to the bottom of it.

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#5 posted 08-05-2014 08:57 PM

In all honesty I have never built a end grain cutting board but it seems to me it would be more about glue failure with the moister and heat. I would think the right choice of glue would solve any potential future problems. It sure wouldn’t hurt to keep something under it as dhazelton suggested. Let us know how it goes.

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