Last minute questions before installing butcher block counter tops
Getting ready to start the cutting, joining, and installation of butcher block counters. (Birch, 1.5Ē, kiln dried, no factory finish or oil.) Have done a lot of research but still have a couple remaining questions.
1. Counters have been unwrapped in the kitchen for a couple days (with air exposure on all sides). Cutting will be done outside, where itís about 40 degrees colder and humidity levels are different than in the house. This may sound nuts, but I am running a risk here moving them back and forth between two locations? I wonít leave them outside any longer than is needed to do the work on them (I wonít store them there).
2. Have read a lot about the new cuts being sources of problems (exposing new grain). How quickly should I be getting finish (or glue, in the case of joining) on newly exposed cuts? Hours? A day or two?
Some folks make it sound like if you donít get something on them the minute you cut them, the moisture content will start to get out of whack and cause issues. Whatís realistic here? Iím working with long pieces and several cuts will need to be made both across the grain (some joined, some not) and with the grain. They canít all be immediately joined/finished. Hopefully this can all happen over the course of a couple of days, though. Thoughts?
3. Does anything special need to be done for a counter over a dishwasher? Iíve read that dishwashers have sufficient moisture protection built in (existing particleboard laminate counters seem to have held up fine above the dishwasher). Iím using oil and wax finish (Howardís) on all sides of the counter, but I could do poly on the underside above the dishwasher if that seems like a better option there.
Thanks, really appreciate the help.