There is a space between my kitchen and the living room that was setup
to be used as a bar type counter, a place to put 3 tall chairs in
front of for eating or drinking. It currently has a piece of subfloor
I put there as a temporary fix in lieu of having just the top of the
I am read now to build the top I want. The overall dimensions will be
25" x 74" and the front will be curved, I haven't decided yet exactly
what that will look like. I am making a template out of MDF and
chipping away at it until I find the best look that maximizes the
Anyway, I purchased 4 Birdseye Maple boards of varying lengths and
widths, but all between 7 and 9 inches wide. I also purchased 1 10
foot Paduk board. What I want is a Maple surface with 1 or 2 1/2" or
3/4" stripes of Paduk in it. This means edge joining it all. I am
planning on ripping each piece of Maple to a little over 6" wide,
cutting the strips of Paduk and gluing it up, then using the MDF
template to cut the final shape. I am also thinking of mounting the
wood on top of the 1/2" MDF in order to get a little thickness (the
Maple is 3/4") to it, then trimming the edge with a thin strip of
Will edge gluing be sufficient in this application or should I go with
A couple of the boards, especially the Paduk is bowed, that is if you
lay the board down on it's face and butt it up against a straight edge
the ends hit first, leaving about 1/8" of gap in the middle. The
other way the middle hits and the ends have a gap. I seem to remember
there being a jig I saw to fix this kind of bow on a table saw.
Anybody have good advice on this?
Once I am done would it be good to just roll on glue to the MDF and
clamp the wood onto it in order to use it for a base?
Thank you for any thoughts.