Butcher Block

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Project by llanaro posted 12-05-2009 03:19 PM 1984 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Always wanted to make a butcher block and settled on 10 inches
Chopped up some old maple scraps—not really select material but hard
I glued them into 12 slats then into groups of 3 and then into 2 block and finally 1 peice
Legs were purchased from small turner firm and put together with four aprons—makes a sturdy base
put 4, 3/4” dowels on legs then drop top on it to keep in place

Just a fe more coats of Salad bowl varnish and done.

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#1 posted 12-05-2009 04:04 PM

Very nice! Should last for several generations.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 12-05-2009 04:20 PM

Nice job llanaro. Enjoy the clamping pix. Did you have to plane the top after gluing or just sand it? A sturdy piece I imagine.

I am a butcher block lover and I would definitely love to chop up a marinade on this one!

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#3 posted 12-05-2009 04:33 PM

Looks like a lot of work, but well worth it. The weight of this must be alot. Need to get a lathe to make your own legs? I bet there is a market for chopping blocks like this….....

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#4 posted 12-05-2009 05:39 PM

Boy, if you are into moose hunting, or buy uncut halves or quarters, this would be the deal. I do my cutting the easy way….....other friends do the hunting and fishing and then bring me the vacuum shrunk plastic covered packages ready for the freezer as an excuse to come over for a beer…....seriously. They are the ones that need a butcher block like this.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 12-05-2009 05:40 PM

Oh, and the construction photos are pretty neat, from rag tag maple to fine looking butcher block.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 12-05-2009 05:58 PM

Mighty fine. I would have to get help lifting that monster. Bravo Zulu

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#7 posted 12-05-2009 06:45 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments
will have to weigh it but at least 175 lbs

After I glued the slats I trimmed to size and planed them to get them flat as possible then glued into group of 3
I do have a lathe but this time the challenge was the block not turning legs
My challenge with the lathe was turning this 32” pepper mill—-That was a challenge drilling the thing…

I will post the pepper mill into a new finished project

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#8 posted 12-05-2009 07:11 PM

Very cool job. I just love maple anyway. You have made a masterpiece.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 12-05-2009 10:03 PM

cool block now you forfill my everydaygoal of learnig 3 new skill´s
(last year I saved one from a dumster and gave it to a hunting club where my sister live and I still get from time to time a piece off meat from them they love it)

jim maybee try to convince Ilanaro to make a bunch off them so you tons them after your good freind´s for tank´s ( sorry but have to say it :-) )


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#10 posted 12-06-2009 02:40 AM

Should last forever! Big enough to split firewood for the kitchen stove too:-)) What does it weigh?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 12-06-2009 03:03 PM

I like it

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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