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post #1 of 10 Old 02-04-2009, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone ever cut a maple butcher block that has a metal bar going thru it? I need to cut a butcher block 2 3/4 thick that is 5 foot by 5 foot down to 3 foot wide x 5 long.

So, I'm just ripping two feet off of it. Does anyone know about the metal bars going through the butcher block if they can be removed or any idea how to work around it?

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All thread used to pull things together tightly during manufacture??? Never saw them left in. Are there nuts on the ends?? Sawzall with bimetal blade will cut it.
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If you cannot remove the metal bar you can cut up almost to it from each side, and then cut through it with a hacksaw. Normally, as justbill said, the bar will be threaded, and have nuts on each end. However, it might be next to impossible to remove if it has been glued in place during laminating.

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It is going to be scary cutting the top. Should be interesting at the least!
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-05-2009, 08:59 PM
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If you know someone that you are not very fond of, you could borrow their circular saw and let er rip.
Just kidding.
Let us know how you make out.
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Why not just use a metal cutting blade for the whole cut?

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Why not just use a metal cutting blade for the whole cut?

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You could use a metal cutting blade for the whole job. The only drawback is that it would be pretty slow going because metal cutting blades tend to be so much finer than wood cutting blades.

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Cut very close to the metal rods on the extreme outside boards and stop. Split the wood apart to see what you are dealing with. My guess is that there are threaded rods with nuts, that would be the only reason for having metal rods, for strength. Now assess what to do next and I think you will find out that you will solve your own problem.

Good luck and please let us know how it turned out.

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I cut the butcher block today or my island and it worked out fine. The metal bars happened to be all thread that was nuted on both ends used to tighted it together. I took off one of the nuts and knocked the all thread out using a rubber mallet and long punch. Excellent! Now its just time to laquer it and set onto of my island that contains my dishwasher and trash can (in a sliding drawer). Kitchen is almost completed!

I'll post pics soon!
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Great, I figured that you would find that. Glad it worked out OK for you.
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