solid oak butcher block joinery

Old 10-05-15, 08:42 AM
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solid oak butcher block joinery

hi all, i'm planning a kitchen remodel in a few weeks, and need some guidance with regard to the countertops. the kitchen is U-shaped (see sketch below) and i've purchased three lengths of solid oak butcherblock counter from ikea (don't hate, it's affordable!). i'm planning to create the U-shape by joining the three pieces at 45-degree cuts. my question is this:

what is/are the best way(s) to go about joining these pieces together?

my original idea was to use a plate joiner and size 20 biscuits + glue, but a buddy recently suggested that that's not necessarily a great idea.

in case it helps, the butcherblock is 1 1/8" thick.
HAMMARP Countertop - 98x1 1/8 " - IKEA

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Old 10-05-15, 10:25 AM
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Oak would not be my first choice, as it turns black with moisture. BUT, you like it so here goes. I would look at the double toggle set ups used on standard countertop miters, and try to replicate them, using the double toggles. Hampton Bay Miter Bolt Kit-MBK - The Home Depot
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Definitely second the no go on oak. Something like maple or walnut with a tight grain will hold up to the moisture. We did our island in walnut and only wax it once a year. We beat the crap out of it and it has held up great.

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