Counter Height Butcher Block (on the cheap)

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Project by TraylorPark posted 12-19-2014 01:01 AM 1409 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was having a discussion with a friend at work one day and she was explaining how she needed some extra work space in her kitchen. So always looking for an excuse to do a project on someone else’s dime I volunteered my services for a counter of some sort. She showed me some pictures of her kitchen and we devised a plan for a counter height butcher block table for additional work space and seating. I don’t feel comfortable enough with my skills yet to really charge someone for the stuff I make and she’s young so money is pretty tight so I said I’d do it for the cost of materials and use cheap lumber. She was comfortable with that plan so I set out to do it the most cost effective way I could. To that end I used construction 2×6’s laminated for the legs cut to 2.5” squares with a 3 inch 5 degree tapper at the bottom on the inside edges. The legs, apron, and stretchers are all hand cut mortise and tenon joints (a first for me). To make the top I used common pine boards from the big orange store ripped to 1.5” strips. I used some 1/4” threaded rod inserted in pre-drilled holes to help align the 30 strips for glue up. Then the daunting task of flattening the top. After scrapping the, what seemed like, massive amount of glue squeeze out I hand planed for about 4 hours total. The base is finished with rustoleum rattle can white sanded with 600 grit in between coats and the top is Varathane Cabernet cut about 1:1 with thinner and 2 coats of the triple thick Varathane semi-gloss polyurethane wet sanded with 600 grit in between coats.

All in all a fun project, but I’m not in any hurry to do another butcher block anytime soon and she absolutely loves it. Rumor has it she might make me some perogies now that she has room to roll out some dough.

Thanks for looking and I’m always open to comments, suggestions or critiques.


-- --Zach

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#1 posted 12-19-2014 02:17 AM

Looks great! I’d have no problem charging people for something of that quality at all.
But I also do tons of stuff for friends for free as well.
Nice project!

-- Eric - Littleton, Colorado

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#2 posted 12-19-2014 12:51 PM

Looks good. I do he same thing with a few people I know. Charge for the material, enjoy the work and hope to get a return favor some day. Not a bad way to fill in a few hours a week.

-- Chris K

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