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Posted on Expansion and Contraction..Am I thinking correctly

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#1 posted 02-10-2017 10:50 AM

Basically….I think the answer to the question comes down to stability. Finished and installed properly(I don’t question that will be done properly), and in a stable, climate controlled environment, I think it would be alright.
That said…If I ever had a request for something like this, I’d more than likely decline.

Not being so much concerned about the kitchen aspect…a pot of boiling water for an hour or two, or a spill every now and then isn’t going to have much effect on expansion/contraction if the counter top is well sealed.
Almost all problems, imo, with pushing the envelope with solid wood designs come from long term(read weeks/months) unstable ambient humidity.

Most people have no clue what a stable climate controlled environment is, let alone achieve it. In some climates (mine), even being aware, and trying to control it can be a challenge. The seasonal differences in humidity can be pretty substantial some years.

I’m very interested in the outcome though!

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