Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Central Indiana
Butcher Block counter top
This is going to be my first project to build for our house. Looking for any advise, tricks, tips, or do not's. I am a complete novice and lack a full workshop, so I am trying to get all my ducks in a row.
I will be building this from the trees(Hickory) off our property. I know this is years in the making so I would like to give updates as I go.
My questions I have:
I would like to rough cut my slabs into 4" stock. Can anyone tell me how long I should expect the drying time to be. I have never done anything like this, but plan on drying in the attic.
Should I consider doing anything to the slabs to keep pests from destroying the wood...i.e. carpenter ants
As far as the milling procedure, I am looking into a cheap chainsaw style jig. What would you suggest. I have started my search with a Granberg Alaskan Mark lll saw mill with rails. Are there better options out there?
The only feature I have for the counter top in my mind is that I would like to install a removable cutting board that has a trashcan underneath . We might move the sink over to the island but not sure yet. We really have no plans but a build as I go. So any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
I will be off to search and read throughout the forum for all your work in the past. I probably only have one shot at this, so I don't want to screw it up. Thanks for any and all reply's.