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Old 09-26-2018, 09:44 PM   #1
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Butcher Block Install: Corner Gaps :: Help Needed


Hello Everyone,

Aspiring DIY'er / half-way decent contractor here, so take it easy on me! Lol

I've attached some pictures here to show ya'll what I'm working with, but basically I'm installing butcher block counters in a small kitchen in an old house with original framing and studs, so of course nothing is true and all the corners run out of square, more-or-less.

My longest piece of Butcher Block (around 12 feet or so) was a heavy beast to get in and required some finesse, and it's likely not coming out to be scribed at all.

The counter top runs flush to the wall at the center, and obviously tapers off towards the corners, sitting with a decent gap on both ends on both the back wall and the side walls. Nothing over 3/4", however. The severity of the gaps at each corner are inverted, in that one side has a wider gap at the back wall, and the other has a wider gap at the side wall.

The damage looks something like this: The back left corner gap (against the back wall) is what I'm most concerned about, and at the corner the widest gap is around 3/4", and tapers up to about a 1/4" at say 15-16" down the back wall until flush. The same corner, but side wall gap is more tolerable, at around 3/8".

Conversely the right corner gaps look something like:

Back right gap to back wall = 5/8"
Back right gap to side wall = 7/16"

My carpenter/lifer contractor guy tells me that anything over 1/4" is unacceptable and needs to be scribed...but this thing is a monster and it would probably cause more damage to the drywall trying to float the thing out a few more times to scribe it.....I know it might be sacrilegious, but would it be possible to just strategically cut a piece of color-matched strapping/fill piece from the excess butcher block and glue it in the gaps? There will be a subway tile backsplash going over the wall as well, which helps my case. I'm thinking square up the overhang up front and do my best to fill in the gaps that way.

Any help would be greatly appreciated here folks. I never prefer to do things the easy/lazy way, but this is one of those "forest for the trees" judgement calls.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:47 PM   #2
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What's the plan for back splash?
That would be a lot of scribing and the end piece is already too short.
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What's the plan for back splash?
That would be a lot of scribing and the end piece is already too short.
Backsplash is just going to be plain white subway tile. Not exactly monster beefy tiles to cover the gap, but I suppose it's working in the right direction.
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Backsplash is just going to be plain white subway tile. Not exactly monster beefy tiles to cover the gap, but I suppose it's working in the right direction.
How big is the biggest gap?
How high will the backsplash go.
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How big is the biggest gap?
How high will the backsplash go.

"The damage looks something like this: The back left corner gap (against the back wall) is what I'm most concerned about, and at the corner the widest gap is around 3/4", and tapers up to about a 1/4" at say 15-16" down the back wall until flush. The same corner, but side wall gap is more tolerable, at around 3/8".

Conversely the right corner gaps look something like:

Back right gap to back wall = 5/8"
Back right gap to side wall = 7/16"


Plan is to have the backsplash most likely all the way up to the ceiling.
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I'd look for some wider decorative tile trim or Schluter metal edge to run along the bottom edge of your backsplash. Go to the tile store and look at all the trim bits and think outside the box.
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I'd look for some wider decorative tile trim or Schluter metal edge to run along the bottom edge of your backsplash. Go to the tile store and look at all the trim bits and think outside the box.
Yeah I was thinking the same thing, something like a metal strip running across the span of the counter as well. So you think no need then even to fill in with wood, even if I were to do that? Wouldn't the metal need to sit on something? Or would it sort of be floating in that region and supported by the flush portions of the counter and/or screwed into the wall?
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Any chance of getting the same product in like a 1x4 and then tile above that.
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A card pattern should have been made for that piece stuck in the back.
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Any chance of getting the same product in like a 1x4 and then tile above that.
I suppose there's quite a few Length X Width variants of subway tile style, given it's pretty plane jane, but I'm not so sure they make them in 1" THICK pieces, if that's what you meant? The thickness would have to cover the gaps right?
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A card pattern should have been made for that piece stuck in the back.
You've lost me here, care to help me out and elaborate?
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You've lost me here, care to help me out and elaborate?
You make the pattern with all the curves and imperfections and use that to cut the counter and it fits with maybe a little sanding.
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Thanks for the help here everyone. - I suppose I'll either just fill in the gap on the counter top level, or fill in the gap with backsplash. Also considering just floating out the wall as well.
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