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Posted on 11' Walnut Island countertop

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 04:45 PM

I just finished a 36” by 65” walnut island counter top that is 1 3/4 inch thick. It was tough to find clear pieces even for this length, so it does seem likely that you will have to do some end jointing. As long as those pieces are buried in the middle of the countertop it should not be a problem. I used Titebond 3 for gluing up, as it has worked well for me on cutting board projects, and the dark color of the glue works well with the walnut if you end up with any visible glue lines. I finished with 6 coats of Waterlox original, and it is holding up very well. I did not use biscuits, although it might have made things simpler if I had. I used 2×4 clamping cauls (covered with packing tape for release agent) and one clamp every 6 inches or so.

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