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Old 03-20-2011, 12:00 PM   #16
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Ok. First of all, Thanks so much for all the great feedback on this forum. You guys are all awesome.

As to this project. While contemplating a few things, and writing some numbers down on paper via pencil (on the table) I noticed that the pencil dug some permanent impressions into the wood. This leaves me to believe that the wood is NOT any type of hardwood at all. In Re-Reading the product description HERE ... I realize that this is certainly the case. I did get it on sale for $80 a piece, but still ...

That lead me to three possible scenarios. This top is going to "suck" to some degree anyhow as it will get really messed up in a short period of time so I can either.

1) Cover it
2) Replace it
3) Ignore it.

MY current take is to (for now) cover it. So in an attempt to do that, I purchased one of these. Personally, I think it's a crying shame, as the hardwood looked so nice. BUT, this was for a workshop/game table in my garage ... so It's not TOO big of a deal.

HOWEVER, one day I would like to replace it with a real hardwood top, so how do you guys suggest I go about that?

I do not have a jointer, or a planner, or really even a quality table saw. I could always have someone build the whole thing, but I'd imagine that would be super pricey. I could purchase two smaller "real" hardwood tops and follow the process above (take to a school or similar to use their jointer/ biscuits/dowels). Assuming you didn't have the equipment ... what would you do to built a quality Butcher block Hardwood 4'x6' table top?

On a side note, since I decided to cover this, I figured what the hell ... I'll just try the putty/ sanding and oiling/waxing solution as I was going to cover it anyway. This was the visual solution ... it actually covered up the gap pretty well, but ... it you feel it with your fingers you still can feel a little lip where the two join not 100% flush.

So, all I need to do now is figure out the best way to get a real hardwood top in there before this one is destroyed ...

Thanks again for all your input and advise.

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IMO I don't think this would be a good application for using a kreg jig.
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HOWEVER, one day I would like to replace it with a real hardwood top, so how do you guys suggest I go about that?
Yeah.... I love that whole "butcher block" look too! This is how I handled a similar project.

Diagonal Table from Wood Scraps

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Is that really wood butcher block, it looks more like plastic laminate (Formica) to me?
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Is that really wood butcher block, it looks more like plastic laminate (Formica) to me?
My thoughts exactly.
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I wouldn't think Formica....

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Old 03-20-2011, 02:40 PM   #22
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It's wood alright ... it just has a pre-done finish on it. Plus ... I oiled/waxed it so it appears extra glossy in the photo. I cut about 1/4 in off the length of each side so I could have a nice clean edge to glue them together with ... so I could certainly confirm that it is indeed wood ... It's just not a hard wood ... I have no idea what kind/s of wood that it is though ...

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