Butcher Block table for sister

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Project by Stanley Coker posted 08-27-2009 05:42 PM 9418 views 25 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a butcher block I built for one of my sister’s. the top is 7 in. thick out of hard maple with walnut accent blocks in the middle to match her kitchen floor. The legs are out of cherry with a natural finish. There are close to 1200 small blocks to make up the top. It took two of us to move it in the kitchen. I am not sure if I want to try this again.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#1 posted 08-27-2009 05:50 PM

I see it was lot of work and a lot of wood , very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#2 posted 08-27-2009 05:59 PM

Very nice, any idea how much it weighs?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#3 posted 08-27-2009 06:22 PM

it’s beautiful… i would hate to make the first cuts on it

-- Paul , Calfornia

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Stanley Coker

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#4 posted 08-27-2009 06:39 PM

I am not sure how much it weighs Snowdog, but my guess would be around 150 to 180 lbs.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 07:10 PM


How wide is it? Looks like 34×34 blocks. If they are 3/4×3/4 inch thick, at 7 inches tall that is 32 board feet of lumber in the top alone. Yikes! Am I close?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Stanley Coker

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#6 posted 08-27-2009 07:38 PM

Hi Steve, I am not real sure the size but you are very close. When I started this project I was sure hating to cut up all of that nice hard maple into those small pieces. I wish I had made a series of pictures as I was in the process of making it. The place I get most of my wood has some very nice tiger maple that I am in the process of making a baby cradle for my nephew’s first child. I can’t wait to get a finish on it to see how it comes out.
Thanks for your comment

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#7 posted 08-27-2009 08:13 PM

Stanley it came out great. We forget when we build things from wood just how heavy they can be.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 08-27-2009 10:05 PM

That’s an incredible table. How’d you do the glue-up on that?

-- dcutter

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#9 posted 08-27-2009 10:38 PM

Yeah, and how did you surface plane that beast?

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#10 posted 08-27-2009 11:25 PM

Bradford: “Yeah, and how did you surface plane that beast?”

That’s what I was wondering. Nice job!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#11 posted 08-27-2009 11:46 PM

I am with bradford. How did you plane this? It is awesome.

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#12 posted 08-28-2009 02:42 AM

same question… how was it done? And, it is a really well done match to the floor design. Like, so much so that if she ever had to sell the house… the block may have to stay with it… ?

She really wouldn’t use it for a cutting surface, would she?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#13 posted 08-28-2009 04:10 AM

According to my const. calculator 34”X 34” X 7” equal 32.8 bd. ft. the weight should be around 150 lbs. and that the top alone… where the beef?....Blkcherry, Oh and by the way that’s a beautiful piece of work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#14 posted 08-28-2009 06:01 AM

wow stan this looks great

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 08-28-2009 07:01 AM

wow!... now that’s one real lucky sister. Great job…... mind talking about how you went about the glue up?


-- Erik

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