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Forum topic by WJNTiger71 posted 12-26-2014 09:52 AM 1390 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WJNTiger71

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12-26-2014 09:52 AM

I have a very nice butcher block (24 1/4” X 24 3/4”, 1 5/8” thick) salvaged from our kitchen remodel. The block is original to our kitchen, 1951 construction. I plan to build a patio cart for use near my grill/smoker and for patio entertaining. Problem: the block has a 3/16 ” bow in it. Is there a good way to remove the bow and make the top flat? I would prefer not to plane it our as that might simply create other problems.


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#1 posted 12-26-2014 10:57 AM

Do you know if it’s a long grain or an end grain butcher block? If it’s long grain you could run it through a planer. If you have a planer you probably don’t have one that can take a 24” wide board. You could rip cut it in two and plane the pieces. Then glue them back together with Titebond 3.

If it’s end grain you may want to find a person/shop with a wide drum sander.

Otherwise you’re look at planing/sanding it flat by hand. Though I’m sure some others will have some ideas.

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#2 posted 12-26-2014 02:55 PM

Router sled springs to mind.

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 03:46 PM

Turn the cup side down and expose it to sun/elements until it evens out.

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#4 posted 12-26-2014 04:10 PM

Thanks guys. mrjinx007-how long should i expect it to take? Also, exposure to the elements – outside in the rain, snow, etc.? It is a log grain butcher block, not end grain. I would post photos but have not been able to get signed up on photobucket.

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#5 posted 12-26-2014 04:12 PM

See if both sides were sealed.

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#6 posted 12-27-2014 02:34 PM

The underside (non-cupped) will need to be sealed as it will be most exposed to the elements.

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#7 posted 12-27-2014 03:00 PM

Well, by elements, I meant 2 of them; spirit (wind/air) and sun. I assume you have had both sides sealed the same way as mentioned above. Let us know if it works.

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#8 posted 12-27-2014 03:03 PM

It should’t take long under the sun, maybe a few hours. Just check it periodically.

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