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Author Topic: Control Panel in a 3/4" Maple Butcher Block?  (Read 1141 times)

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Control Panel in a 3/4" Maple Butcher Block?
« on: March 03, 2019, 02:07:31 pm »
I know most people here use plywood or MDF, but I have a special project that won't be using vinyl. Does anyone have any experience working with something like a Butcher Block or solid maple? Any special issues I should keep an eye out for (such as special tools or bits), or will it work as shown in online guides meant for MDF?

I know my finishing, just curious about the cutting/joining aspects. I made a desk out of Maple Butcher Block, and now I want my pedestal to match.

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Re: Control Panel in a 3/4" Maple Butcher Block?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 04:55:21 pm »
I'm a big fan of using a Kreg jig + wood glue to join things at 90 degrees.  Is this the info that you are looking for?

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Re: Control Panel in a 3/4" Maple Butcher Block?
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2019, 05:35:09 pm »
I just think it's funny a question about Butcher Block (think counter tops) is being answered by processed meats :laugh2:

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Re: Control Panel in a 3/4" Maple Butcher Block?
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2019, 06:06:24 am »
The glue slobber won't stain evenly and will have to be removed, to keep it flat a planner will take it down in as little as 1/32" shaves so you may want to start with someting a little beyond your target 3/4"...A solid piece (IMO) should be resurfaced too, you would be suprised at the difference in surface inperfections and flatness of a otherwise nice board goes...A belt sander can be used in both cases but will take longer and is still going to take considerable meat from your workpiece.

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Re: Control Panel in a 3/4" Maple Butcher Block?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2019, 08:06:50 am »
A 3/4" panel of solid wood/butcher block *may* have dimensional stability issues...  i.e.  cupping and warping, etc..
Make sure to put a finish coat (poly) on both sides to keep it flat.

Other than that - sharp tools - all the joinery is the same as MDF...  the wood is just a lot harder so sharp tools are a necessity..
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