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My first butcher block!

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Project by reece posted 11-20-2015 03:35 AM 1957 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It took a few days but I finally finished my first butcher block. Made of maple and cherry, and is appx 12” x 16” x 2” thick. Finished with butcher block conditioner. Thanks for looking!
-Reece

-- Reece Althoff, https://althoffwoodshop.com





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John

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#1 posted 11-20-2015 03:52 AM

That’s a good looking butcher block Reese. Well done!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 11-20-2015 04:58 AM

Nice block. What glue did you use?

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#3 posted 11-20-2015 05:17 AM

I noticed that you have a pretty darned nice signature. Is it a branding iron type? if so where did you have it made?

I was also wondering – why one butcher block and not two cutting boards? Sorry about all of the questions!!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#4 posted 11-20-2015 10:47 AM

Very nice Reese. You almost had a checkerboard, just a little more work…so close. Just kidding that is truly a nice looking cutting board.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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WoodNSawdust

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#5 posted 11-20-2015 01:44 PM

Nice Butcher Block. I like the pattern.

Like UncleStumpy I also noticed your logo and wondered how you made it.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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reece

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#6 posted 11-20-2015 02:07 PM

All—thank you for the compliments!

Kiwib0y—I used Titebond II to glue it up, its rated food safe for ‘indirect’ contact after it cures.

Regarding the logo—I was torn for weeks on whether or not to splurge on a branding iron, then even tried to make my own from a piece of scrap brass which failed miserably. I finally found a simple and very cheap solution… using a wood burner and a print out… I have a write-up on it, its crazy how simple it is…

https://althoffwoodshop.com/2015/11/13/simple-print-transfer/

-- Reece Althoff, https://althoffwoodshop.com

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WoodNSawdust

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#7 posted 11-20-2015 02:58 PM

Thanks, I will give your logo idea a try.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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SJWoodCreations

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#8 posted 11-20-2015 04:45 PM

Nice! I want to make one of these this weekend as a Christmas gift. Did you just use a cove bit on the router to carve out the recesses on the bottom?

-- Sam --- Tulsa, OK

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reece

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#9 posted 11-20-2015 04:47 PM

I used a bowl and tray bit and my router fence with stop blocks. The bit i used I got from Woodcraft here

-- Reece Althoff, https://althoffwoodshop.com

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Pointer

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#10 posted 11-20-2015 11:46 PM

Nothing better than a good thick butcher block. You did a nice job.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#11 posted 11-22-2015 01:10 PM

Very well done. Now that you have the technique of the end grain boards, your design possibilities are virtually endless. Mix in some walnut and you start to get a Persian rug effect from all the colors. Save all your scraps and put little pieces in, too. It makes the whole thing look very intricate and difficult to make.

-- --Dale Page

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bannerpond1

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#12 posted 11-22-2015 01:17 PM

Very well done. Now that you have the technique of the end grain boards, your design possibilities are virtually endless. Mix in some walnut and you start to get a Persian rug effect from all the colors. Save all your scraps and put little pieces in, too. It makes the whole thing look very intricate and difficult to make.

-- --Dale Page

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Chevy1414

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#13 posted 12-06-2015 01:25 AM

do you do the branding before or after the mineral oil finish ?

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reece

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#14 posted 12-06-2015 04:10 AM



do you do the branding before or after the mineral oil finish ?

- Chevy1414

I put it on before I apply the finish.

-- Reece Althoff, https://althoffwoodshop.com

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#15 posted 12-22-2015 07:53 PM

Looks great! Wouldn’t it better though for the long term viability of the logo to seal it with a really thin coat of shellac since you’re not actually burning the logo into the wood?

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