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Joining two oily slabs

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Two of those slabs will be cut on one side each to be joined together into one big countertop. If the concerns about the wood being saturated with oil, just gluing them together won't work.

What I plan to do is take two strips of a contrasting wood like walnut or kiaat and screw/glue these to each of the ends of the slabs which have been cut. These strips can then be joined together to form a tight bond for a continuous countertop

My question is regarding the type of join. Can I get away with a straight face to face + glue join or should I be looking at something else like maybe a shallow tongue and groove? My experience in "fancy" joining is limited and I have access to only a Dremel Trio router.

Also, should the strips be screwed in tightly or only with a fender washer and wide shaft countersunk in?

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Hi all

This question extends from a prvious post in the finishing section.

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Two of those slabs will be cut on one side each to be joined together into one big countertop. If the concerns about the wood being saturated with oil, just gluing them together won't work.

What I plan to do is take two strips of a contrasting wood like walnut or kiaat and screw/glue these to each of the ends of the slabs which have been cut. These strips can then be joined together to form a tight bond for a continuous countertop

My question is regarding the type of join. Can I get away with a straight face to face + glue join or should I be looking at something else like maybe a shallow tongue and groove? My experience in "fancy" joining is limited and I have access to only a Dremel Trio router.

Also, should the strips be screwed in tightly or only with a fender washer and wide shaft countersunk in?

Thanks in advance!
You don't need to glue the two together. If you are going to use them as is, and are careful of any food use, you could just use joint fasteners under the slabs to mechanically join them together.
http://woodworker.com/tite-joint-fas...s&searchmode=2






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That would be my choice.You may want to route a groove down the center of them for a loose spline to assist with alignment.
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