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"Blended Grain" Butcher Block Counters

by mision56
posted 01-23-2017 08:55 PM

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 01-26-2017 01:33 AM

Are you talking about using no glue and just nails to hold it together?

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#2 posted 01-26-2017 03:10 AM

Hey Mark,
no, I’m thinking more like norm :) using them as clamps for the glue. They would be concealed by the outermost strips.

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#3 posted 01-26-2017 06:27 AM

Nothing is pictured below

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#4 posted 01-26-2017 06:53 AM

Nails don’t make very good clamps, IMHO, but screws do.

But if it were me, I’d leave the metal fasteners out and just glue and clamp (steel turns to rust over time and moisture exposure. rust stains wood permanently).

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#5 posted 01-26-2017 12:11 PM

You might put a pin or two here and there to keep things aligned, but don’t expect nails to take the place of a clamp.

Personally I wouldn’t use any metal in it at all. There is always the chance that you will reveal them when you are cutting the piece to finished size. They aren’t good on an expensive saw blade. and I don’t like fixing the mess they make either.

I would glue it up in sections. If it is to be three feet wide I would make 3 pieces, 12 inches wide, or 4 at 9 inches first. and then rejount and glue those into the finished top.

The point of this is to not have 20 pieces sliding around with the glue acting like axle grease and then have the top be to thin because you couldn’t get it to line up right.

If I need to combine 2 pieces to get to the the right length, I would have some kind of joinery between them. (a dowel will work) whatever it is, be sure it will not show in the finished work. This is done to make your pieces easier to control in the glue up. also you should make sure you do not have 2 center joints lining up. Try to keep them a foot or so apart from each other. It will look better in the end.

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#6 posted 01-31-2017 05:25 PM

Hey All,
Thanks for the advice all around. I elected to avoid the finish nails and am looking pretty good so far. I’ve been cluing it up three strips at a time and am about 3/4 of the way through with pretty good results so far.

Thanks again for all the advice.

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#7 posted 01-31-2017 05:47 PM

Looks nice. Have a question about glue ups in this manner. Do you put glue on the end grains of pieces or just the faces, since you have the edge grain up? Any issues with shorter pieces sliding out under clamp pressure?

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#8 posted 01-31-2017 07:58 PM

Hey Scott,
I did put glue on the end grains. What I’ve done to keep them tight is to glue those then glue the faces. Than I put calls on and put 2 clamps across the strips on with low pressure. Than I have a 4 ft bar clamp that I use to clamp the end grain pieces together and then tighten up the original clamps.

I have to do another course tonight and I’ll see if I can get some pictures to outline it all.

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