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bumpnstump 12-28-2011 10:56 PM

Adventure in EZ Odyssey....
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Today's job site adventure was a fun experience, w/EZ saving my hide.
The task was to install a new butcher block countertop on an existing cabinet. I'd removed the old top yesterday, and intended to install the butcher block today.

The stick point, tho, went like this:
-original countertop was 1-1/4" thick;
-new butcher block is 1-3/4" thick;
-client wants the new butcher block to only be 1-1/4" above the cabinets, like the original countertop, so as to not be higher than the adjacent cabinets.

Options to achieve the goal, that jumped to mind, went like this:
-argue with the client that they can't have the 1-1/4", they'll have to settle for the 1-3/4". naw…. ;)
-bring in the saw and start whacking away at the top of the cabinet and remove 1/2". Could have worked, but would have been way messy, and full of hassle; plus, cutting the inner cabinet walls would have taken forever w/my Fein tool (and probably looked shoddy, to boot).
-set up the SSRK and rout out a groove, 1/2" deep on the bottom of the butcher block, so the cabinet would 'nest' 1/2" up in the butcher block, allowing the requisite 1-1/4" above the cabinet. Butcher block manufacturers said doing this would not affect the integrity of the butcher block.
I chose this approach.

Pic one shows the cabinet, sans top.

Pic two shows the SSRK set up on an EZ track. Because the cabinet would be centered under the butcher block countertop (ie. equal overhang on all sides), and utilizing the fact that the EZ track indexes from the center of the rail, it was a simple matter to center the track down the center of the butcher block, set up the router on the SSRK, set up the limiting stops on the rail, and go for it, doing both sides off of the one set-up. (Pic three. The blue tape pieces are my cutting delineations.)

Pic 4 shows the finished product; pic 5 shows the top sitting down over the cabinet.
I timed the entire process, from layouts to finish: 1 hour, 10 minutes, counting a short phone call mid-way thru.
I was using a 7/8" diameter router bit, taking 1/8" deep passes at a time. The top is solid maple, and it would have been disaster to try to hog out more material with each pass.
I'm way pleased. My painter came by about the time I was doing the last rout, and was blown away at how I was able to solve the height problem using the EZ equipment.

Finally (not shown), I did the layout for the cooktop and the pop-up cooktop vent while everything was on the saw horses and used the EZ track to cut everything straight. Finished the day by putting some sealer on the bottom of the butcher block (to diminish moisture absorption), left it to dry overnight, and will install tomorrow.
Gratifying day.

Dino 12-28-2011 11:21 PM

We need it.
EZ Energy.

Never mind the symmetry of the ez system and all the open features...
at the end is up to the user to find the ez-Eureka moment.

Thanks for sharing and bringing the ez-energy at the forum.
Good Job.;)

Burt 12-28-2011 11:47 PM


Great photos! EZ bails out a pro again.

Somehow, I am not surprised. Things like this is what has made me such a believer in the EZ system.


Gsharp8 12-29-2011 12:21 AM

Rick! Very nice pics and very nice "fix". Thanks for sharing!


Gsharp8 12-29-2011 12:26 AM

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Greg, sorry for mentioning something that drove this thread out of woodworking.
My fault and I will delete all posts in an attempt to keep only good info.


Gsharp8 12-29-2011 12:35 AM

LOL... that sounds a bit like a challenge to me.... BRING IT ON. LOL ...

thanks Burt.

btw... got a custom bed made from Bass Drums... in the works... EZ style... can't wait to show that one off... Custom design. should be done by the end of the week.


Ivanhoe 12-29-2011 01:14 AM

great write-up Rick!

Philphoto 12-29-2011 01:46 AM

Great job
Rick: I gotta applaud!!!! That is a great installation. I am finding that the guys that do not have the cool tools never think of the unique ways to use them. I know that if I had to rely on an edge guide, and maybe some boards tacked in place -- I would not have use that way. We as humans try to go to the best solution that is the easiest. If the solution is hard or risky, it will not get done -- all too often the easiest and shortest is to argue with the customer, which is too frequent the path chosen.

You took some great tools and made some great choices, and I think the customer got the best job possible.

bumpnstump 12-29-2011 08:18 AM

Thanks for the kudos, Guys.
I'm starting to 'internalize' the EZ mindset: thinking about projects more in terms of 'what's the EZ way of accomplishing this', instead of, 'hmmm.... wonder how I'm going to fix this problem'.
Fun stuff.

toollovingschultz 12-29-2011 08:21 AM


Originally Posted by bumpnstump (Post 19667)
Thanks for the kudos, Guys.
I'm starting to 'internalize' the EZ mindset: thinking about projects more in terms of 'what's the EZ way of accomplishing this', instead of, 'hmmm.... wonder how I'm going to fix this problem'.
Fun stuff.

Rick you are getting it nice work and keep the Ideas rolling Positive helpful post are what this forun is all about.


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