Live edge chopping blocks

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Blog entry by inchanga posted 05-11-2013 03:54 PM 3647 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently acquired a slab of Scots Pine and decided to make two gtable tops out of it. The tops can be used as butchers block chopping boards, coffee table tops or even garden table or bench tops.

The pictures show the sequence of work and the methods used to process the lumber from its rough state to the finished product.

The timber was seven foot long, two foot wide and about three inches thick. It had been air dried for two years.

The sliding table on the saw is ideal for crosscutting large pieces but a cross cut sled would be equally effective.

I took it nice and slow with the cut in order to keep control of the board

A straight edge tacked to one edge of the board makes aquick work of
removeing the bark and straightening the long edges

My old and rarely used Stanley No5 came to the rescue for cleaning up the faces. A wide belt sander, thicknesser or electric hand plane would have been easier but I got some much neede exercise.

The finish is Danish oil which means the pice can be used indoors or out doors.

This last picture shows the other half of the board, which I prepared first, fitted to a mobile base for use as a kitchenpreparation table/chopping block/breakfast bar. It had a split near the centre line, which I have epoxied and a loose knot gap on the end grain which i have left.

With this type of work, splits, cracks, knot holes, dents etc are not only inevitable they and add to the character of the piece and speak to its authencity
(That’s my story and I’msticking to it).

-- chris, north wales

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#1 posted 05-11-2013 04:26 PM

Nice slabs!

If it was me I think I would have put the wide angle on top, so if someone sets something near the edge it wont slip off and hit the floor. (but that’s just me) :-)

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#2 posted 05-11-2013 06:23 PM

I tend to agree with you but the person to whom this block is going wanted to highlight the grain along the two long edges and as it will be used primarily as a chopping block it still leaves plenty of space to do the job.

-- chris, north wales

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#3 posted 05-12-2013 12:07 AM

I like this. I also like the narrow angle on top; brings balance to the piece. But that’s just me. Nice plank to start off with, too.

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