Kitchen Cart / Butcher Block

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Project by Kahluabomb posted 08-11-2014 05:26 PM 1004 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first “big” project! A great friend of mine got married a while back and I accidentally never got her a gift. She bought a house with a tiny kitchen and loves to cook, so I figured I could make her something useful and beautiful that will last her lifetime.

I used sketchup to get the idea out, and quickly realized I’m not meticulous enough for that, so I hand drew it on some graphing paper. Went to the local woodcraft to get my 20% off lumber, and picked up those two 12’ long 16/4 poplar pieces, and a poplar board.

I hand cut my first mortises with a chisel and a mallet, cut the tenons on the table saw with a dado blade, and smoothed most everything over with my cheapo router table alternative – the piece of plywood with a hole in it.

The top is 8/4 maple with a strip of mahogany and walnut, and measures 24×24. With the casters it’s just a hair under 32’’ tall. The top is finished with mineral oil, the legs/apron are painted, and the slats for the shelf are sealed with danish oil.

I was very happy with the final product and learned a lot in the process. It took about 15 hours to build in my spare time and I think that’s not too shabby. I have a much better understanding of how to layout mortises and snug the tenons. This project was a blast to make, and justified every tool purchase I have made, minus the jigsaw which I never should have bought. The only problem I ran into was ripping the 16/4 legs down to 12/4 with a 10’’ table saw.

Anyway, I hope you guys like this, I know I do.

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 07:49 PM

I like it, you did a good job. Compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 09:41 PM

Great job. She is going to love it.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 12:33 AM

That is really pretty. What a great gift. You did a nice job

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 01:26 AM

That is a great butcher block cart! I love it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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