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  1. oh nevermind i understand what you mean now, sorry i had to read it a couple of times. the point is to take it very slow.
  2. Thanks for the quick reply! for the template i was going to use 3/4 inch mdf and cut out the semi circle, i drew up the measurements on google sketchup, i can upload if you use it. Question on the jigsaw suggestion, do you mean that should make a 45 degree outwards bevel cut?
  3. Hello! I'm in the process of building a birch butcher block desk. The Wood comes from a company called Hardwood Reflections and is sold by Home Depot. For the desk i have bought 3 pieces, two of them are 4' x 2' x 1.5'' and the other is a 3' x 3'. My plan is to have the 3x3 in the corner and use the other two as wings. Here is the where i need some help, i want to cut a semi circle in the 3x3 at one corner to make a rounded L shaped desk. Ill attach a picture for clarity. Im hoping to use a jigsaw with a Bosch T101AO3 3-1/4 In blade and then a Flush Trim 3/8" CD x 2" CH bit, Im wondering if this will work with this type of wood. Thanks for your time in reading!
  4. Thanks so much for the replies! @drzaius I already purchased and cut the wood so I must go down the birch path, but thanks for the suggestion. Its going to be a pretty large corner desk with 3 pieces, the wings are 6'x2.5' and the middle is 3'x2.5'. should I cut the Arm-R-Seal with mineral spirits to get a little more working time, or should it be fine without it? I'm very new to this so any sanding suggestions would be appreciated.
  5. Hello! I'm currently in the process of building a birch butcher block desk and was wondering what finish you would suggest to bring out the beauty of the wood and a durable coat for daily use. I'm a software engineer so I use many monitors and would like that something that would not case to much glare. Ill attach a photo of the birch block ill be working with. Thank you so much in your time in reading!