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Old 02-07-2012, 11:19 AM   #6106
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I'm not sure what kind of wood it is yet, I'm gonna go choose it today! i will post a pic later, if i can get it home...no truck! I wish i would have asked you what kind of wood would be good for kitchen use...oh well hopefully the guy selling the slabs will have some advice. More later!
You could probably use almost anything. But the thing is, you would need to seal it really well if the wood wasn't user friendly. By that I mean that sime woods are toxic to us...others are OK.

For example, you can make a butcher block out of maple, and all you need to do is to rub something like olive oil into it and you can use it. Of course, it does need maintenance, but it's quite safe. Essentially, you need to keep wood surfaces clean if they are used for food prep.

Let your good common sense guide you.

Do as much research as you possibly can into these slabs before you buy.

See if you can find out when the tree was cut down for starters. That will help you determine if it has had a chance to season yet or not. Some woods will crack and develop long splits if they aren't seasoned before you bring them inside. The thicker the slab, the longer it needs to season.

At the very least, one full year.

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well i got my slabs..yellow poplar. toxic? too late now!! I'm in LOVE with them. the problem is i cant choose between them so ill have to find a use for both. But which one for the kitchen island......
their well seasoned and ready to finish, after some minor sanding of course. i dont want them really shiny so what do you think? now if i could just remember what barb said about posting images..

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well i got my slabs..yellow poplar. toxic? too late now!! I'm in LOVE with them. the problem is i cant choose between them so ill have to find a use for both. But which one for the kitchen island......
their well seasoned and ready to finish, after some minor sanding of course. i dont want them really shiny so what do you think? now if i could just remember what barb said about posting images..
Crank your camera down to email sized images. They have to be really small. Click on the paper clip, browse and share. Maybe you could start your own thread about the slabs. dorf dude...
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good idea . ill start a thread on my kitchen remodel lol. i took the pics with my phone and i dont know how to resize them on my computer. ill find a way to post them though, then i will start my own thread, because lord knows i need all the advice i can get, and i'll quit hijacking cocobolos thread
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good idea . ill start a thread on my kitchen remodel lol. i took the pics with my phone and i dont know how to resize them on my computer. ill find a way to post them though, then i will start my own thread, because lord knows i need all the advice i can get, and i'll quit hijacking cocobolos thread
Here is a real good resizing program for your computer free, just download. It is very easy to use also.
http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm

You are going to love the Poplar, it isn't toxic either. I built our kitchen cabinets out of Poplar and used Ralph Lauren Tea Stain on them, my wife likes them.
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heres the slabs..hope theyre not too small. i will try again if they are
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heres a close up of the one..looks like two birds sitting in a heart with branches around them...provided i turned it the right way when resizing!
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Here is a real good resizing program for your computer free, just download. It is very easy to use also.
http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm

You are going to love the Poplar, it isn't toxic either. I built our kitchen cabinets out of Poplar and used Ralph Lauren Tea Stain on them, my wife likes them.

Both pieces have green amber and purple hues to the grain..now i need to know how to seal it properly so i dont ruin it...$650.00 for the slabs.
your cabinets are beautiful..nice job. thank you for the link too

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heres a close up of the one..looks like two birds sitting in a heart with branches around them...provided i turned it the right way when resizing!
That's pretty nice looking wood you have there. I like it!

There is a limit of 100 kb per picture here if you post directly to the thread.

Poplar should be a fairly forgiving wood to finish. I would get it as smooth as possible before you try to put anything on the wood. Go down to at least 220 grit or even finer. Once you put a finish on it it will be very hard to get the wood any smoother because the finish will sink into the wood surface.

It should feel silky before you start the finishing process.
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I'm going to try and start my own thread on the project I have going. As far as pm msgs I won't bother anyone until i exhaust my googling skills. Coco I'm a motorhead also but of the two wheel variety but I do admire craftsmanship be it new or old vehicles. Hope you can get around to working on your project car and actually have time to enjoy it you workoholic.
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so i started a thread on this remodel or i will take up all of yours, but i really want your opinion... the proof is in the pudding right? just look at your house! I got the picture thing figured out but now down to buisiness, what to finish these slabs with.
Ive never stained or varnished anything in my life so whatever you tell me is what ill do. i want a nice honey hue to it in the end..not too shiny and stain resistant. and what to do about the holes??

i'll tell ya what the sellar told me, to fill holes with epoxy, sand it with a belt sander and finish it with tongue oil...could that possibly be enough?
my mom says minwax...
i just dont know
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so i started a thread on this remodel or i will take up all of yours, but i really want your opinion... the proof is in the pudding right? just look at your house! I got the picture thing figured out but now down to buisiness, what to finish these slabs with.
Ive never stained or varnished anything in my life so whatever you tell me is what ill do. i want a nice honey hue to it in the end..not too shiny and stain resistant. and what to do about the holes??

i'll tell ya what the sellar told me, to fill holes with epoxy, sand it with a belt sander and finish it with tongue oil...could that possibly be enough?
my mom says minwax...
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What you are asking for may not be fully possible.

OK, you want a satin finish, that's no problem. But your seller suggests that you fill the holes with epoxy. Now if you do this, the only finishes that epoxy will take are two part finishes. These are generally two part linear polyurethanes. So varnish and tung oil - that's T-U-N-G oil, are out, as they are both one part products. They may temporarily appear to adhere to the epoxy, but it will be just that, temporary.

If you have a belt sander, please do NOT introduce it to those lovely wood slabs. Use a good random orbital sander, and keep the sanding head FLAT on the wood, don't tip it up in the hope that it will do the job faster. You will only dig holes in the wood.

Your other options are using a very sharp hand plane and wood scrapers...again, very sharp.

Minwax makes a whole lot of products, many of which I use myself. So I don't know which one your mum might be referring to.

Now, if you are asking what would coco do with these slabs to finish them...well, for one thing I might not even fill the holes. But if I did, I wouldn't use epoxy. I would try to fill the holes - depending on how big and the shape etc - with matching wood, and the thinnest possible glue lines.

But before you do anything, do you know the moisture content of the slabs?
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when using real wood for counter tops that would have contact with food, you will need to keep your health and safety in mind. By this I mean one would normally use a maple as it has natural antibacterial tendencies in it. That is why it has been used for so many years in kitchens, both commercial and residential. When you want to use a product on it to keep it from drying you should be using a food grade mineral oil (you can get this from your local drug store). Oils like olive and vegetable oil tend to go rancid (not what you want). I would definitely tend to go with cocobolo on the idea of cutting out the hole and filling it with another piece of wood. I would also make sure the glues used is not toxic to humans. Definitely do NOT use epoxy on any counters or islands that could potentially be used for food. I have seen counters made out of birch but am not sure about them. Studies have proven maple to be the choice wood when food is involved. BTW nice looking wood slabs.
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I do not know the moisture content nor how to find it...i dont live on an island, like my favorite house-whisperer...but i might as well!

i may sound desperate for advice sometimes but i have to drive 35 miles to lowes!! so when i go to get stuff i cant mess up. or experiment.
Believe it or not, the slab seller lives in the middle of nowhere and works out of a barn but he assured me the wood was kiln dried for 3 months (he showed me the kiln) then it sat in his basement for the remainder of its life till i rescued it.

I plan to use the one with holes in it for a table which i can varnish or do the epoxy thing, because i like the holes (going for the rustic look you know)?
However the clearer of the two slabs will be my island. the piece still has holes though they are small..i dont want to cut them out...character etc....when i say fill, i mean preserve the holes so they dont change any more or get bigger. i know i ask alot but..i have such a specific view of how i want the kitchen. so today im goin to lowes to get the orbital sander and some mineral spirits to clean the wood before i stain/seal or whatever WE decide lol
i can at least get started sanding them and get the base built eh?
Fixrite..thanks for the advice about maple. i will remember that when i do the countertops plank style. The island though, wont get too much food use or moistureon it so it should be ok.
thanx again for your help coco, i will wait to get the finishers till we know more about the wood. and i swear..this will be the last time i hijack your thread ...i just looked and saw that you found mine..yay


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