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06-02-2018 04:36 PM

I have been asked by a friend of mine to replace a counter top in a camper. This will be the outdoor kitchen. The one in there now is bowed. We decided on white oak. I know it is a good wood for any outdoor application and since it will not be in direct contact with the elements, I figured it should work well. What I want to know is this: he wants to retain the live edge. Are there any special considerations I need to know. I plan on sanding the open ends to about 400 then seal them with a few coats of spar varnish.
Thanks for any help.

Rick

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#1 posted 06-02-2018 05:22 PM

Rick – can you get a photo of what is in place now and how it is used ?

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#2 posted 06-03-2018 03:55 AM

We had buildings with untreated white oak siding that were over 100 years old and other than being grey, were as solid as the day they were built. As long as it’s off the ground and not in standing water, it won’t rot. But only the heartwood is rot resistant so a live edge may be less durable but if you keep it varnished, it may not matter. My big concern would be the top warping since live edges aren’t necessarily the choicest lumber.

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#3 posted 06-03-2018 01:47 PM

Rick,
Never thought of that. I plan on ripping 4 to 5 inch wide sections flipping them and then gluing them back together.The live edge part will only be about 5 inches wide. Plus, the top will be 1” thick. Overall dim is 75” x 22” Think that’ll help contain the warping?

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#4 posted 06-03-2018 05:01 PM

Before ripping it apart, which I would not do, read this thread about breadboard ends. I’m not suggesting breadboard ends, but there is good info about panels.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/276953

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