Re: Red oak counter top construction
What you are proposing won't work, you won't be able to get the joints tight enough nor a good overall finished product.
If you want to make your own countertop, that is fine, but you need to do it correctly. Wood pieces are glued and clamped tightly until dry. The resulting slab is then milled and shaped. Titebond II wood glue should suffice, the typical butcher block top is 1-1/2" thick. I would also recommend that you use full length strips rather than the more typical random length pieces since end gluing large pieces will be extremely difficult without a 4 sided press.
Once you have the new slab prepped and finished, you need to remove your existing countertop and install the new one.
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