glueing up dis-similar woods?

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09-13-2014 06:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question pine teak modern joining

Newbie here. I was just looking through some kitchen designs on zillow digs.

There were, of course many kitchens with a football-field sized granite island…but there were a surprising number that went with a glued-up wood top.

Some of those were the fairly expected “butcher block” look, and some were more “scandanavian” looking modern woods.

Somehow, seeing the butcher-block ones in juxtaposition with the others got my mind to wandering around with possibilities of glueing up various “non-standard” combinations of woods. Also thought about woods together with other materials such as strips of solid-surface countertop material or tinted glass or stainless steel.

Just was wondering if the forum members have some words of wisdom (perhaps useful stories of spectacular failures) along these lines. What happens if you glue up a really hard wood with a soft wood for instance? Are there issues that come up with woods that have significantly different coefficients of expansion or different tendencies for soaking up atmospheric moisture?

What have you seen success and failure with along the lines of glueing up things that no sane person would put together?

For me, this design idea stretches way beyond kitchen counter/island. Even if some of the concerns relate to the harsh conditions in a kitchen, perhaps they might still apply for modern-ish furniture designs.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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