making a walnut butcher block

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Old 04-02-10, 09:33 AM
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making a walnut butcher block

i've lucked upon quite a bit of walnut (2,000+ lbs.) and my mind is now full of ideas about great things that i can do with it but my first project will be a butcher block table.

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should i have the grains run parallel or perpendicular to the cutting surface? a mixture?

2" thick or 10" thick? somewhere in between?

should i have tenon running through the whole thing or is it possible to build something that will last with adhesive alone?
 
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Old 04-02-10, 04:10 PM
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Are you the guy who I gave the Black walnut tree to?? I had one fall across my garden area last fall and I had a guy remove it (gave it to him for the cleanup). Undisturbed 24" trunk for 30'. He got it for his FIL who turns bowls and sells them. Once he was loaded, he said he had to drop by the drug store on the way home. I asked if he hurt his back. He said, no, he had to pick up some Depends, because his FIL was going to wet his pants when he saw it.
I would run my grain lengthwise, so when you put it all together it won't have a tendency to have weak areas that would chip. I would make it about 2" thick, because it will be heavy. Now, comes the fun part....holding the pieces together. I have seen them put together with a good polyurethane glue (wetting one side as you glue it), and clamping the fire out of it, solidly across the entire board, not just in a couple of places, and I mean tight! You could always run a threaded rod in a couple of places with countersinks to hide the bolts and plug the hole.
Let us know how things go.
Oh, yeah, this guy turns his bowls from the side of the wood, not from the end as I thought was normal.
 
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nope, this guy's not that guy

thanks for the advice about the clamping, i probably would've just put them every 10 inches or so had you not mentioned it. much of this material is too wet to start at it right away but at least i can cut it into pieces that will be of use once they cure.
 
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