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Re: Help with a butcher block top

John K Jordan
>>>I would be slightly concerned that someone resting or sitting on the overhang might break one of the joints and the 12" wide piece fall off. (Unlikely, but painful)

I don't know if this is a possibility but if concerned I'd reinforce it somehow.

I built a table about 40 years ago by gluing up 1"x3" hard maple boards. I had no idea what I was doing but was concerned about it coming apart. Before glueup I drilled holes through each board, except for the two on the outsides. I applied waterproof glue (a 2-part resin/catalyst glue) then clamped the slab together with 4 lengths of 3/8" all-thread, washers, and nuts plus what pipe clamps I had. (counterbores for the nuts) The all-thread made up for clamps I didn't have. Then I glued and clamped the two outside boards to hide the nuts and hand planed the top flat.

As I mentioned, this was about 40 years ago and we still use it today - even if a glue joint did fail the thing is not coming apart.

Knowing what I know now I wouldn't necessarily recommend the method I used, but if there is any question about the edge breaking off due to joint failure, some kind of reinforcement under the slab might ease the mind, perhaps cross channels with hardwood or steel supports, secured in the center.

As for tipping, I'd probably test in the shop with the actual materials if possible: cut the boards to approximate length, set on the base cabinet and clamp and secure, then test the force needed to overcome the center of gravity. Watch the toes. If unsafe, change the design or the mounting plan (or lower the center of gravity!)

JKJ

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Help with a butcher block top
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weight issue
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test it
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Agree...
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fatal and near fatal errors
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Some sage advice
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Save yourself a lot of trouble *PIC*
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suggestion
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More explanation....
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Yeah, but.....
Wandering OT
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Tool to smooth the top??
Knots - character or trouble?
Might cause issues? You ever use a hand plane?
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All planes need the same skills
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A couple of questions....
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glue appplication information
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$12/bdft for 8/4 hard maple? Wow! *NM*
I answered this question in my first reply
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