Yesterday, on the way home from running some errands my wife and I stopped at a new local antique mall. The official opening hasn’t happened yet, but there was an open sign, so we pulled in. In a “fix it up yourself” section we found this butcher block top at an extremely reasonable price.
The top itself is in really good shape. It’s got just enough cracks to give it a nice patina, without effecting the integrity and it’s a bit over 14” thick. The big issue…..no legs.
So the question. I’ve been doing some research, but can’t find the answer. It looks from these pictures,
that there was some kind of metal (maybe wood?) bracket that helped hold the tenons of the legs in place. If anyone has an example of this bracket, or thoughts what it looks like, comments are appreciated.
So off to the wood pile this morning. I have a pile of bottom cuts off the saw mill. When you get to the last cut of the log, it will be the size of whatever is left. So I often leave some thicker pieces, for moments like these. And low and behold, there is a piece of 3 1/2” x 7 maple, plenty long enough for the 4 legs (or so I hope).
As always, any advice is appreciated.It may sit in the shop for a few, but it also may get shoved to the top of the to-do list. I hear it calling my name. If it wasn’t for these damn leaves!
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