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Mary Anne

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05-03-2010 07:52 PM

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Due to several dumb newbie moves, my butcher block is only about 1-5/8” thick by about 18” x 12”. It looks pretty good aside from being a bit on the thin side. So, my question is should I try adding another layer (is that even a a valid option structurally?) or leave it as is and call it a butcher block/cutting board hybrid? Truth be told, I am tired of messing with it and want to move on to my next project.


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#1 posted 05-03-2010 07:59 PM

I think 1 5/8 is thick enough given the dimensions.
I’ve made cutting boards that are less than 3/4 inches thick and they look fine.
Besides, I want to see what else you’ll be creating!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 08:01 PM

I see no reason why it is not perfectly usable as is. You need to do what I do… build it first, then decide on the measurements. It’s hard to mess up that way.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 08:05 PM

as long as you aren’t using a meat cleaver all day on it ,

it should be fine .

so let’s on to the next project !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 08:08 PM

as long as you aren’t using a meat cleaver all day on it ,

Sounds Painful Dave he he LOL Alistair

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#5 posted 05-03-2010 08:12 PM

1 5/8 Yikee, whatcha butchering on this mommoth meat ? Heck, it’s thick enough for average kichen work. Let’s see it when it’s done!

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 08:19 PM

I’ve ran across many a butcher block that looked to be several inches thick only to find on closer inspection it was thinner in the middle.

This is usually done to save material and to give a beefier look. 1 5/8’ is plenty thick and will look fine but there’s nothing wrong with adding a thicker perimeter if you choose.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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Mary Anne

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 09:15 PM

Wow! It sure is great having a team of experts standing by at the ready to answer questions. Really nice that it is the answer I wanted to hear!

Okay, I’ll take some pics and move on to my next trial by wood. I’ve been looking at my scrap pile for the Nothing New But The Glue Challenge…

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#8 posted 05-04-2010 12:04 AM

By putting non-skid furniture buttons on it, you will raise it up from the countertop a little bit—giving it the illusion of being thicker.
By the way, 1 5/8” thickness is pretty good for a board that size. It’s not as thick as those boards the pro’s use on their TV shows, but those may be twice as big as yours. Just use it and enjoy it.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#9 posted 05-04-2010 01:08 PM

I am sure it will be beautiful. Who actully beats on these anyways?
Art work is to be shared.

Look forward to seeing your post.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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