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Old 09-27-2019, 02:05 AM   #1
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Purchased a 2' x 8' x 1.5" piece of butcher block today... man it is heavy! It would be cut to a smaller size, shaving off some weight. What would allow for a similar look/feel/function without all the weight?
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Old 09-27-2019, 02:55 AM   #2
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Purchased a 2' x 8' x 1.5" piece of butcher block today... man it is heavy! It would be cut to a smaller size, shaving off some weight. What would allow for a similar look/feel/function without all the weight?
I found some good looking maple 3/4 plywood and covered it in epoxy resin.

My counter top is the same dimms.
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Old 09-27-2019, 03:22 AM   #3
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You could go to town with a 2' wide planer!

I would think that you should be able to find thinner butcher block. We got maple stair treads made out of multiple boards that are thinner, but smaller dimensions otherwise. I made two tables out of 3/4 thick maple butcher block cutting boards that were available from Bed, Bath and Beyond. They do look nice, bu they don't sell them any more. I did scratch one up though on a metal screw head, damn!

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Old 09-27-2019, 06:34 AM   #4
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I have a teak butcher block counter roughly 69x22 with a 24 apron sink. I saved weight by building the cabinet from 12mm Baltic birch plywood.


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Old 09-27-2019, 08:38 PM   #5
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I used Ikea birch butcher block. Mine is only about 52" if I remember correctly and I also trimmed a couple inches off the depth, but made that into the backsplash. It is heavy, but any substantial countertop is going to be heavy. This was one of my weight splurges. The galley cabinet it sits on is made from 1/2" ply (technically less) and is designed without a bottom sheet or back sheet. It's heavy, but when you compare to your alternatives, I think you find you are only talking a relatively few pounds difference to most other common counter top materials.
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If you are that concerned about the weight then rout out some areas underneath where it will not show. If you leave maybe an inch of thickness then that should probably be sufficient strength left.

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Its all about the total weight. If you have capacity to spare, feel free to use it how you like. Many full featured conversions are very heavy if materials like that are used everywhere.
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In '91 I bought a Honda CRX-HX as a commuter vehicle. It was the high mileage version of the CRX line. I was amazed at the trouble they went to, to achieve the HM. They made aluminum castings to replace stamped steel items used in the other two models among other things. Since then I have been super conscious of the relationship between weight and fuel mileage. If it isn't necessary it's not included. If I can get a lighter version (still of good quality) I use that. If I can use thinner wood and get the strength by good design and the use of glues I do that. The designer of my boat, SkiffAmerica 20, was an ultra-light aircraft fanatic. He designed the boat using the same principles. It will sleep 3 people and do 27 mph with a 30 hp outboard. The only problem is it has such a shallow draft that the wind pushes it around too easily at slow speeds. And it's not just fuel mileage it also affects performance and road handling.

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P.S. At one point (1982) I traded a Honda Gold Wing that weighed 700 lbs. for a BMW R80/GS that weighed 375 lbs.
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I do. Unfortunately, it has played 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th fiddle to the boat build, bathhouse build, 3rd bathroom build, the yard, my Sprinter van build, not to mention I own a farm and have in-laws that I owe so much to that are in their nineties. Actually, my F-I-L died this summer and his widow is very lonely so my wife and I try to spend some time with her every day. To sum that up it doesn't run and hasn't been ridden for about 10 years.

I am old enough that I now wish I had many things I sold off cheap. Now it's not a question of whether to sell it or not but who to bequeath it to in my will.

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