Butcher Block Table......(on the large side)

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Project by kimosawboy posted 10-04-2015 05:53 PM 2260 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the latest Butcher Block Table…. Overall measurements are :Length 72”, Width 36”, Height 32.75”...
The top is built using 2”x2”x2.75”maple end grain blocks…This table ate up huge amounts of maple…. Legs are solid 5”x5” Maple…..
This is the second table like this and I think it will be my last for awhile as its very time consuming and looses the ‘fun’ factor after the second or third glue up.
The bolts are made up of threaded rod welded to hanger bolts, All the bolt holes had to be predrilled with a smaller bit to ensure that I was going thru the center of the tenon, then progressively larger bits were used.
The steel pipe in the lower area was countersunk into the wood rails and then the nut/washer was added to threaded rod that had previously been welded into teh ends of the pipe.
All the wood for this started in the slab form and then I milled it down to spec. The live edges that you see here and there were intentionally left to give it a tad more character..
Apologies for the last pic, but it gives some scale…lol

Thanks for looking
G Vavra

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#1 posted 10-04-2015 09:04 PM

WOW! That is amazing.

All those glue-ups… many gallons of glue did you wind up using?

Using the pipe and the welding sounds like a great plan to keep this thing rock solid.

Congrats on the table – a certain home-run.


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#2 posted 10-04-2015 09:39 PM

Wow, how much does that sucker weigh? It is very attractive and you did a great job getting it flat. Well done!

-- Art

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#3 posted 10-04-2015 11:59 PM

That sure looks like a solid table. I can’t imagine myself being able to move it because of its size and weight. It really looks nice.

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#4 posted 10-05-2015 12:39 AM

Thanks for the kind comments..
Every time I think of the weight of this I get a back ache..Its probably closing in on300lbs.
All the pieces of the carcass were finished in the shop and dry fitted. The top was made in smaller sections as well (12”x36”). I glued and bolted everything in the breezway where the pics were taken. The final glue up of the top was done in situ as well but on a piece of OSB, covered with plastic. Once the top was together it was just some sanding then fixing to the carcass. All this was done just so it would not have to be moved from my shop to the driveway..The new owner will be bringing a trailer as well as some more bodies to move it onward.

I think I used up a gallon of titebond for the top, went thru a set of planer blades, and probably emptied my 60liter shop vac a half dozen times between the planer and other sawdust for this table

G Vavra

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#5 posted 10-05-2015 06:28 AM

honestly, I can’t imagine taking on the flattening of an end grain cutting board without using the thickness sander. This is amazing!

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#6 posted 10-05-2015 11:54 PM


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#7 posted 11-21-2015 03:16 AM

That is insane. Very nice.

-- It is very hard to get on the bad side of people when you allow them to teach you!

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