Cutting Board style Table (Butcherblock)

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Project by cabinetmaster posted 03-29-2009 01:59 AM 6558 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 02:58 AM

There was never any doubt. Great looking project. I think its a great match for he chairs.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 03:24 AM

jerry—-this is really nice…i have not done a cutting board yet…and i love seeing them…but as a table this is great too!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 03:26 AM

Looks good Jerry I like the thinner strips of wood you used.


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#4 posted 03-29-2009 04:27 AM

Hi Jerry, This is one nice looking table top.

-- Ron, Michigan

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#5 posted 03-29-2009 06:26 AM

Excellent table …I like the size of it a lot . Nice finish : )

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#6 posted 03-29-2009 02:02 PM

Nice job..Jerry
I posted my table top yesterday..hadn’t figured out what to do with the legs. Yours look perfect for what the wife wants. Thanks for posting the pics so i can let her see it.


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#7 posted 03-29-2009 03:01 PM

I forgot to mention but all the strips of wood were planed to 3/4” thickness. Thanks for the compliments and Cypress, go for it. If you need any other info just pm me.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 03-29-2009 05:07 PM

I agree with Jim, I really like the look of the thinner strips and all the color variation. I have a quick question. You stated that you built this 2 years ago and was wondering how the pocket screws are holding the top? I am always thinking of using them to attach my table-tops but get worried about wood movement and the top evenually splitting. Any comments?

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#9 posted 03-29-2009 07:33 PM

Duane, If you look at the 4th picture you will see the pocket screw holes in the aprons. I think there are 3 in each apron. They are holding very well and there has been now splitting anywhere. (wood movement) It has worked well on this table top.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#10 posted 03-29-2009 09:21 PM

Hi Jerry,

Considering Karson’s rule about no pictures, didn’t happen, I’m glad to see you got it posted.

Great looking job!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 03-30-2009 02:19 AM

Thanks Lee, I did not know about the rule…............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 01-10-2010 07:29 AM

Awesome !
that sure would make an ultimate router table.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#13 posted 01-10-2010 07:33 AM

Nice work, I would love to make one for jigsaw puzzles. It has character.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#14 posted 02-19-2014 02:47 AM

Looks very good

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