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Walnut Butcher Block Countertops

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Project by WoodshopNerd posted 04-28-2016 02:09 AM 1462 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, we decided to change out the 30 year old formica countertops in our kitchen.

To replace them I decided to make butcher block countertops using edge grain walnut. I started with 6’ – 8’ long, rough walnut boards that were 1.5” – 2.5” thick. First step was running all the boards through my planer, and my jointer. Then I ripped them at 2” widths on my table saw. Next step was turning the boards edge grain up and laminating them together with Titebond 3.

I did a lot of hand planing and some sanding to get everything level and smooth after the glue up.
For the finish I used 2 coats of Waterlox satin.

-- Michael, http://www.bozemanguitars.com





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-28-2016 02:23 AM

WOW….......excellent counters!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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fatman51

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#2 posted 04-28-2016 06:22 AM

Nice job! I like how you handled the window sill.

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

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aussiedave

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#3 posted 04-28-2016 09:22 AM

Beautiful wood and great looking counter top….great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 04-28-2016 11:56 AM

love it!

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#5 posted 04-28-2016 11:59 AM

Great job, love walnut. Looks really nice

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 04-28-2016 12:20 PM

Looks fantastic!!

-- Doug - Montgomery, Tx

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Ben

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#7 posted 04-28-2016 12:36 PM

Wow that is beautiful work!

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Willy Cordero

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#8 posted 04-28-2016 01:14 PM

great work!!!! i guess it feels much better now, than the formica!!

-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil

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Revrand1

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#9 posted 04-28-2016 01:32 PM

Gorgeous! I recently built an island top (my first attempt)...I would love to take another crack at it, correcting my mistakes…I would hope the end result would look like this! Great work

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Jason Martin

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#10 posted 04-28-2016 02:07 PM

They look great. My wife and I have decided to do the same counter tops in our kitchen once I get the cabinets built. I do have one question though, was it hard to do the end grain glue ups and how did you do them?

-- Jason Martin

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WoodshopNerd

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#11 posted 04-28-2016 02:59 PM

Thanks for the comments.


They look great. My wife and I have decided to do the same counter tops in our kitchen once I get the cabinets built. I do have one question though, was it hard to do the end grain glue ups and how did you do them?

- Jason Martin

The end grain glue ups were a bit tricky. The pieces tended to shift from the viscosity of the glue as I tightened the clamps. I was constantly trying to close gaps between the board ends by tapping them back in place with a mallet. I did unfortunately end up with a few thin gaps on a couple rows that I had to fill with wood filler or glue after the fact.

-- Michael, http://www.bozemanguitars.com

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dshute

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#12 posted 04-29-2016 12:42 AM

Nice counter tops, excellent choice of finish.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#13 posted 04-29-2016 01:55 AM

Thanks, I have made plenty of butcher block cutting boards but nothing any longer than 48” so the end to end has been worrying me. The only idea I have come up with was to dowel the ends together, that way they stay in align and stay tight.

-- Jason Martin

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#14 posted 04-29-2016 01:57 PM

beautiful piece

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#15 posted 04-30-2016 03:31 PM

wow

-- Greg Simon

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