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10 foot walnut counter

So I was bored on CL a while back and found this 10 foot walnut counter top.

Excuse the mess and poor photos, this sucker is heavy.

14 inches wide
10 feet long
1 1/2 inches thick

I was thinking about about chopping it up and making some cutting boards. I have a few house warming gifts to find so this could work. Although 14 inches not exactly perfect.

The wife also wants a skinny table to run behind the couch. I have found some decent legs on etsy and ebay, and our 5 year anniversary is coming up.

What would you make out of this?

Is 14 inches wide enough for a cutting board?

Also, I bought a used table saw and the blade is probably in need of replacement. What blade would you suggest for the walnut? I've only ran framing lumber and plywood through it so far.


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How wide is "skinny" .....

This plank would make a skinny table at 14". If you need it wider, then you have to cut in half at 5 ft and glue the two pieces together to get 28" X 5 ft. That's kinda your and her call. If the 5 ft length is too short, then you can add more stock on either side ... IF you can find some that's 1 1/2" thick ... any hard wood would probably look OK.

You got choices and decisions to make.
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This plank would make a skinny table at 14". If you need it wider, then you have to cut in half at 5 ft and glue the two pieces together to get 28" X 5 ft. That's kinda your and her call. If the 5 ft length is too short, then you can add more stock on either side ... IF you can find some that's 1 1/2" thick ... any hard wood would probably look OK.

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Well if I made the table it would only be 6 inches wide and run rhe length of the couch. Ill post a photo of an example later. It would be used to put up her succulents or other useless decorations haha.

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people usually pick the size of a cutting board by the space available - which is great for a cheese platter, but not all too helpful if you actually _use_ a knife in the kitchen.

to be practical, a board needs to be 1.5 x the longest knife blade used in front-to-back depth and 2x that in length left-to-right. smaller than that one struggles to keep both the knife and "stuff" on the board. i.e. for a 10" chef's knife - 15 x 20; 14 is likely close enough.

not everyone has/uses a ten inch chef's knife - they're pretty big suckers. for all around I use an 8" much more frequently.

you'll need feet on the bottom to ensure it does not sit 'in the wet' - and finger grooves in the end make picking it up / moving it much easier.
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people usually pick the size of a cutting board by the space available - which is great for a cheese platter, but not all too helpful if you actually _use_ a knife in the kitchen.

to be practical, a board needs to be 1.5 x the longest knife blade used in front-to-back depth and 2x that in length left-to-right. smaller than that one struggles to keep both the knife and "stuff" on the board. i.e. for a 10" chef's knife - 15 x 20; 14 is likely close enough.

not everyone has/uses a ten inch chef's knife - they're pretty big suckers. for all around I use an 8" much more frequently.

you'll need feet on the bottom to ensure it does not sit 'in the wet' - and finger grooves in the end make picking it up / moving it much easier.
Great info Tom, thank you!

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I would keep the plank for the skinny table. Earning brownie points is never a mistake. Never.
If you have to rip the piece, no harm in glue-ups for other things.

Is there enough to squeak a chopping board and a serving platter out of an end?
You have 10'. Maybe lop off 12" each end or something like that?

I use 6" cleavers in my kitchen, 3 of them, and 2 x 8" that I don't like quite so much. Might cut them.
My best boards are 7" x 11" and 8" x 13" because that's the size of the wood that I bought.
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I give you the size as I have 8 boards and I use the same ones over and over again.

At some point in the kitchen, I want to scoop off the dice and I don't want the board skating around.
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I would keep the plank for the skinny table. Earning brownie points is never a mistake. Never.
If you have to rip the piece, no harm in glue-ups for other things.

Is there enough to squeak a chopping board and a serving platter out of an end?
You have 10'. Maybe lop off 12" each end or something like that?

I use 6" cleavers in my kitchen, 3 of them, and 2 x 8" that I don't like quite so much. Might cut them.
My best boards are 7" x 11" and 8" x 13" because that's the size of the wood that I bought.
Junk Bird's-Eye Maple offcuts that they were selling by the pound!
I give you the size as I have 8 boards and I use the same ones over and over again.

At some point in the kitchen, I want to scoop off the dice and I don't want the board skating around.
Agreed!

I think I will measure the couch today. probably need 8 feet. But it only needs to be 6-8 inches wide.

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I should have enough extra to make 1 or 2 cutting boards.

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It's gonna tip over!

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Agreed!

I think I will measure the couch today. probably need 8 feet. But it only needs to be 6-8 inches wide.

Like this:

I should have enough extra to make 1 or 2 cutting boards.
Unless you fasten it to something, or wedge up against the wall, it will likely tip over. Just my opinion....

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I think it will be quite stable in the absence of "ankle-biters" crawling around.
Anyway to tie it to the couch?
Any ideas for finish? Give 'em gloss and they'll ask for matte, right?

Nice to read that you will have enough wood to do several things.

A good slather of food safe oil of some sort on the boards and all is well.
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My daughter had about an eight inch table behind the entire length of her couch. It was, indeed wedged against the wall. It would never have survived free standing. These tables are kind of a rage in the decorating books for whatever reason. It's too hard to turn and set your drink on and, other than knick knacks, it's not much use for anything else. But they are in vogue. That said...

I would not cut a beautiful slab of walnut like that until I was dang sure I knew why. If mamma wants a table, so be it. 14" is plenty wide for what she wants. So, you can make her table AND several cutting boards out of fourteen feet! However...

I would suggest you not attempt to crosscut that giant slab with the table saw. Yes it can be done. But instead I would opt to use a circular saw to get the slabs down to a manageable size before using the TS for maybe a final dimension. And whatever saw I used would have a good, sharp blade.

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Right on ....

Making the table 14" wide will go a long way to making a more stable table. Consider that a very heavy 1 1/2" slab of Walnut 32" above the floor will have a very high center of gravity. If it were to fall on anything or anyone, some serious damage can be expected. Safety first, appearance second in my book, and I'm an MFA in Design.

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Agreed!

I think I will measure the couch today. probably need 8 feet. But it only needs to be 6-8 inches wide.

Like this:

I should have enough extra to make 1 or 2 cutting boards.
Unless you fasten it to something, or wedge up against the wall, it will likely tip over. Just my opinion.... <img src="http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/images/WoodworkingTalk_2016/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png" border="0" alt="" title="EEK! Surprise" class="inlineimg" />
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I think it will be quite stable in the absence of "ankle-biters" crawling around.
Anyway to tie it to the couch?
Any ideas for finish? Give 'em gloss and they'll ask for matte, right?

Nice to read that you will have enough wood to do several things.

A good slather of food safe oil of some sort on the boards and all is well.
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My daughter had about an eight inch table behind the entire length of her couch. It was, indeed wedged against the wall. It would never have survived free standing. These tables are kind of a rage in the decorating books for whatever reason. It's too hard to turn and set your drink on and, other than knick knacks, it's not much use for anything else. But they are in vogue. That said...

I would not cut a beautiful slab of walnut like that until I was dang sure I knew why. If mamma wants a table, so be it. 14" is plenty wide for what she wants. So, you can make her table AND several cutting boards out of fourteen feet! However...

I would suggest you not attempt to crosscut that giant slab with the table saw. Yes it can be done. But instead I would opt to use a circular saw to get the slabs down to a manageable size before using the TS for maybe a final dimension. And whatever saw I used would have a good, sharp blade.

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Making the table 14" wide will go a long way to making a more stable table. Consider that a very heavy 1 1/2" slab of Walnut 32" above the floor will have a very high center of gravity. If it were to fall on anything or anyone, some serious damage can be expected. Safety first, appearance second in my book, and I'm an MFA in Design. <img src="http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/images/smilies/vs_cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Vs Cool" class="inlineimg" />
Thank you for all excellent advice. Tipping over never crossed my mind and my 2 year old touches everything! If it can't be secured to the couch she will just have to enjoy something else.

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