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Old 03-06-2012, 09:10 AM   #166
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Is that drywall? I'd be seriously tempted to go and pick up one 8x4 sheet of moisture resistant drywall and just replace the sections w/ glue on them. It seems like it would save you labor in the long run. Drywall would cost you $13 for the sheet and maybe $8 for a box o' screws.

As far as that seam goes - are the cuts straight? My walls are not straight either - i ended up having to "shape" the back of 2 of my butcher blocks (I have 3 pieces also) in order to get close enough to the wall (backsplash will hide the rest) but I had a gap also until I got 3 of those countertop seam bolts. Once I had 3 of those badboys installed and cranked them down tight there was no more gap. Did I Mention my walls are NOT straight haha.

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fixrite, could you possibly put a pic of your counter up so i can see how dark it got for you?
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but I have been busy building my shop, a complete tear down and buildup. But here is a couple of pics for you,hope it helps.
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Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but I have been busy building my shop, a complete tear down and buildup. But here is a couple of pics for you,hope it helps.
Those are some good looking tops, what did you seal yours with?
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I sanded them and use only food grade mineral oil on them periodically. I scrub them with an abrasive metal scouring pad and ajax, rinse apply vinegar let dry. After all is said and done I apply a coat of mineral oil, allow it to absorb, wipe off excess and they look like new.
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fixrite..were your butcher blocks as light as mine before the mineral oil? i like the color of yours.
coconut Pete..I wish it were that easy, but for me that would be difficult for two reasons, one is that its not just drywall ..its drywall with a thick layer of plaster over top of it ..no idea how to match that up, and two..I burnt out two blades off my jigsaw just cuttin the doorway out! Its just not worth it. BTW can i get a recipe for coconutpete's paella??
I think im going to chip away all the glue with one of those tools that remove tile..not sure what they are called right now but after i do that i will just skimcoat the butchered wall to make it match. That area will get a backsplash later anyway.
I solved my wallpaper border problem by taping the bottom edge and skimcoating over it, then i brushed it to match the rest of the wall (post # 25 shows the border before).
I may stain my butcherblocks with tea, heres a pic..coffee on left, tea on right, and unfinished far right..
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..oh and I've got mineral oil coming, i ordered it last night. I think I will try the mineral oil treatment first and if it dosen't work for me I'll sand it , stain it , and poly it later.
BTW the tool i hope to use for removing the wall glue is a multi max blade attached to a dremel i think ..its like a grinder but set up so you can hold the blade flat and parallel to the wall
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yes they were as light as yours. You can get the mineral oil from the pharmacy so you don't have to pay so much for it. Just in case you didn't know.
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BTW, if you do your tops like I have done mine, you will be happy that I am sure of. If you do by chance have someone spill wine or grape juice on it, then just clean them as I mentioned previously.
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thanx fixrite, i ordered a gallon of food grade mineral oil from amazon for $17.00, is that a good price? ...I also ordered a small bottle of block conditioner with beeswax in it for 8 dollars. So do you think i should bother with the tea stain? Do you think it will get twice as dark after the oil is on it if i stain with tea first?
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Ouch - that sucks about the walls. I tore down most of my plaster walls, but the one I had to repair where there had been glue was NO fun.

I think it's so funny that you can treat these things with stuff you buy at the grocery store, I walked past the mineral oil the other day and had to explain to my wife why I chuckled.

Sorry - no recipe for CoconutPete's Paella. I'd explain why but it's easier for me to just recommend that you rent a movie called "club dread" if you ever have an hour and a half available and feel like watching Bill Paxton's greatest movie ever haha.
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Ha ha gotcha Pete maybe i will watch club dread. Bill Paxton rocks lol!

I recieved my butcher block conditioner today and swiped it on my test piece...darkened it quite a bit. i tested it on the tea and coffe stained side, then on the unfinished side. there was really not much diffrence after the conditioner was applied, although the coffee seems to keep the block from turning too orange. it keeps it a nice brown color. pics later after the four coats of conditioner they reccommend are on. we will see how dark they really get. then i will stain the unfinished side of my test piece as dark as i can with coffee to see if i can get the results i really want.
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Just a thought...try staining it with instant coffee. And if you can get it, try Starbucks instant coffee, "VIA".

The reason? Starbucks instant coffee is just regular coffee beans that have been basically pulverized to so fine a powder that it simply dissolves in hot water. I'm convinced that the finer the grind of coffee, the more saturated your coffee stain is going to be and closer to what it is I think you're looking for.
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i will look around for it, if i can find it i will use it for sure. to be clear, i'm looking for a dark walnut i dunno if i can get it with coffee but we will see!
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I obliterated half of the glue wall with a hammer and chisel. only took me three hours to do this section
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Why don't you use one of these?
http://www.harborfreight.com/interes...mer-97743.html

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