Butcher Block Table #1: Off and running

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Blog entry by cckeele posted 11-10-2007 02:20 AM 1508 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well so far so good. I finally got my new table saw (thanks honey!) and im pretty much in love with it. lol. So here we go on the butcher block table. Im looking for about a 24×18X4 top that will stand about 34” high. Lets get to it shall we…..Oh wait, first things first. Pic of the saw

Ok, back to the butcher block table. I bought about 25bf of maple (ouch) and had em rip it for me right quick to save me some time. (cost about 25 bucks) no biggy, but now im thinking I could have done it myself on the new Jet 10” just to get a little bonding time Anywho, I got started with the glue up. Ah yes folks, those are Harbor freight clamps you see. I took a chance and bought a few. I have got to say that they certainly do get the job done and at $11.00 for a 32” bar clamp that works, I am happy with them so far.

Since I don’t have a drum sander or a planer I busted out the belt sander and got busy..After sanding the 48” lengths of glued up maple I cross cut the material down to 4” and started pairing up the pieces. Got some burn marks on the maple cause I wasn’t pushing fast enough for the Should sand right out no problem..This is where I left off for the day.

Next pic shows off only half of the soon to be table top

Tomorrow I will start the other half of the table top using the same steps so hopefully I can begin working on the table base by Sunday. We’ll see

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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#1 posted 11-10-2007 02:33 AM

Good job. Looks like it will sand up to a lot of abuse and is going to be heavy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 11-10-2007 03:49 AM

Yeah, better put wheels on it.LOL. That looks like a really nice saw and the blocks look really good as well. Show us some more.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-10-2007 04:04 AM

Looks good. Congrats on the saw!


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 11-10-2007 05:17 AM

Looking great..I love Maple Butcher block!


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#5 posted 11-10-2007 05:22 AM

I had that same table saw, only it was “Jet blue”. It was a very smooth saw and I really liked it. The fence was solid and accurate. I think you made a good choice.

I almost built mine into a table but bought the Jet cabinet saw instead.

Looking forward to the finished project!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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