|Project by cabinetmaster||posted 03-29-2009 01:59 AM||4752 views||8 times favorited||14 comments|
OK…............... after having complimenting so many people on their cutting boards and telling them I had built a table, I am finally posting the results for everyone to see.
While shopping one day my wife found these chairs and decided she wanted a butcherblock table in our breakfast room for us to eat at. The chairs are 24” tall and the table needed to be 38” tall. So I started through all my scrap lumber and found enough pieces to build the table. I started out with 2” wide stock and laid up the table in sections about 12” wide X 40 ” long. I made 3 sections 12” wide and 1 section 4” wide. I did ths because my planer is 13” wide and I could plane each section separately.
I then glued up each section with titebond 3 and clamped them up. I let each section dry overnight before gluing up the next section. After I had all the sections glued up I planed them all to 1 1/2” thick. I then glued all 4 sections together and let them dry. I then Belt sanded the table flat, cut the table to final size (36” X 36”), routed all the top edges with a 1” roundover, and final sanded the top.
I used Alder, Maple, Hickory, Ash, Cherry, Walnut, Oak, and Mahoganey woods in building this table top. The legs are 3 X 3 maple with a 3/4” roundover on all 4 sides from just below the apron. Wife wanted square legs but I finally talked her into rounding them over for safety. I left the top 6” square to attach the aprons.
The Aprons are 3” wide Oak that I pocket screwed to the legs. I used wedges underneath to add rigidity to the table and used the screw/bolt type fastener to tie it all together. (see last picture) It is very sturdy and solid.
I used pocket screws to attach the top. I left the finish natural to show off all the colors of the wood. I had very liitle separation on the end grains and was able to fill them with the appropriate filler to match the woods. I applied about 4 or 5 coats of a satin poly for the finish.
We have used the table for about 2 Years now and the grandkids always want to eat and draw at this table when they come over instead of their little table.
So those that had any doubt that I actually built this table, here it is. I finally got it posted….......LOL
-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps