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Old 09-28-2019, 11:27 PM   #11
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If you are not using the countertop as a butcher-block why use real butcher-block. If it is only for look just use a plastic laminate.
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Old 09-29-2019, 01:52 PM   #12
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I used HDPE CNCed by Hein, it is great material replacing teak in the boating industry. Same material is used for cutting boards. For hot pots I used hot pods.
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Butcher block comes in two thicknesses. 1 1/2" and 1" at least as far as my local supplier offers. Considering the overall weight of a counter top, it is insignificant.

The warmth of solid real wood is beneficial for our tin boxes.

When I bought my 06 Midwest Auto Design limo van there was no wood incorporated into their design. That was one of the first things I addressed with teak and mahogany accents wherever I could.

There is nothing like a little solid wood to embrace an interior that lacks the warmth that wood provides. My opinion is arrived at from forty years of working with wood. Others are welcome to their own answers for their own particular circumstances.
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Butcher block comes in two thicknesses. 1 1/2" and 1" at least as far as my local supplier offers. Considering the overall weight of a counter top, it is insignificant.

The warmth of solid real wood is beneficial for our tin boxes.

When I bought my 06 Midwest Auto Design limo van there was no wood incorporated into their design. That was one of the first things I addressed with teak and mahogany accents wherever I could.

There is nothing like a little solid wood to embrace an interior that lacks the warmth that wood provides. My opinion is arrived at from forty years of working with wood. Others are welcome to their own answers for their own particular circumstances.
I have an Espar heater to keep me warm.
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Old 09-30-2019, 07:32 PM   #15
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Visual warmth of wood Orion, but you know that.

I too have an Espar under the driver side wheel well but have never used it here in Southern Ca. One of these days it would be nice to reconfigure this diesel heaters limited factory function to use it any time I want. After all these years of unused neglect, I doubt it could be reworked, but you never know.
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Visual warmth of wood Orion, but you know that.

I too have an Espar under the driver side wheel well but have never used it here in Southern Ca. One of these days it would be nice to reconfigure this diesel heaters limited factory function to use it any time I want. After all these years of unused neglect, I doubt it could be reworked, but you never know.
Is there any risk of spontaneous combustion with the warmth of wood?
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The weight of the butcher block , maybe 25lbs more than some 3/4" material probably won't make a difference in the overall project. My concern with butcher block is water damage around the sink. I used it for 20 years in my house with good results but I was very careful with sealing the end grain and keeping a good coat of finish on it. I decided it was too fussy for my van!
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Another great option is bamboo. Its strong, lightweight and can be refinished rather quickly. Ive looked into butcher block as well but IMO its just overkill for the amount of use these counter tops will get. Ill probably build an integrated smaller sized butcher block slide out for cooking tho.

here are both products ill be using. Both are easy to trim and route.

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/tolken-...UaAr3pEALw_wcB

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I glued up a 1" thick solid countertop for ours out of cherry. After cutting out for the sink and cooktop, the weight difference over a lightweight and less attractive alternative was negligible.
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I used this 3/4 in thick bamboo mentioned below. Very light. Holding up great for~3 years. Looks warm. Very cost effective compared to other counter options. I don’t cut on it though but really thin plastic cutting boards work great, can be easily washed, and carried out to a picnic table.

Highly recommend the bamboo!

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Another great option is bamboo. Its strong, lightweight and can be refinished rather quickly. Ive looked into butcher block as well but IMO its just overkill for the amount of use these counter tops will get. Ill probably build an integrated smaller sized butcher block slide out for cooking tho.

here are both products ill be using. Both are easy to trim and route.

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/tolken-...UaAr3pEALw_wcB

https://www.homedepot.com/p/NewAge-P...6071/207204147
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