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#1 posted 09-11-2012 01:08 PM

What tools do you have or are available to you?

How confident are you of being able to do this yourself? – I’m only asking because you are new and have no projects posted, so (welcome aboard) it’s difficult to know what advice to offer. It’s a hefty bit of timber and I’m sure you want it done right.

If you haven’t got much in the way of tools, you might be better off asking someone who has to do it, or if you have a Festool TS75, turn the speed down and take 3 maybe 4 passes at it with a clean medium blade. Sanding you could do with a ROS, the cutouts – I’d do that with a router with a template, though for 3 inches, you are looking at using a collet extension or a very long bit.
As for the edge molding – the best thing you can do there is try a few scrap pieces and come up with one you like – after all, you are going to have to live with it for a long time to come.
You’d want a food safe finish, one that will be resilient to cuts, so probably an oil or hardwax finish, Have a look at Osmo worktop oils, is almost industry standard here for wooden worktops because of it’s availability, longevity and ease of recoating.


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