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Posted on 11' Walnut Island countertop

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#1 posted 11-27-2017 11:48 PM

Seems to me you could find 12 foot boards if you look around. I bought 16 foot cherry boards when I needed to mill some crown molding for my kitchen.

That said, I made a workbench top with some shorter lengths of walnut, some boards end glued, but edge boards full length. As long as the end cuts are square, and you tap them together as you glue up the assembly, you should have no problem doing this.

Some folks making what amounts to a butcher block top will drill the boards and assemble with threaded rods and nuts then plug the holes to cover the nuts. That eliminates clamps altogether.

If you don’t do that then the number of clamps would depend on the type and what type/size of cauls you employ. Very stout clamps with good cauls to distribute forces would reduce number of clamps.

OK, more to the point. If I were doing this, I’d want 2×4 cauls on edge, and would want at least a dozen heavy clamps alternating top and bottom, so about a foot apart. I use the Jorgensen clamps with steel I-beam bars.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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