Butcher Block

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Project by Maclegno posted 01-31-2010 03:35 AM 4156 views 16 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was made from scrap wood (maybe BC Fir but I’m not sure) about 20 years ago, recently I replaced the pine sides with walnut ones to improve its looks It’s very heavy and stable, my wife uses it constantly as a stable, indestructable work surface.
The Lag screws are about 6” long so the whole is very strong.

Closup of the walnut finger joints

Butcher Block

The underside showing construction

Butcher Block

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 03:43 AM

Looks like BC Fir to me very hard Fir.
Loks very heavy.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 03:48 AM

cutting board ?

i thought it was a step ,
to get into your 18 wheeler !(LOL)

it looks really nice .

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 03:51 AM

looks fantastic! I thought I saw this posted already. something happened to the original post?

do the lag bolts add any structural strength? or more for visual effect? it adds a nice touch to it.

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 04:09 AM


-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 04:12 AM

Has that industrial viking look cool

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 04:18 AM

Yes and Yes Purplev, it was posted as a blog (see my last Blog) and yes the bolts DO give strength they reach part way into the second row of blocks so only the centre few are ubsupported, but I don’t deney the aesthetic aspect lol. THe fullsized ones sometimes had steel bars running right thtough them placed as my bolts. Even so mine is VERY heavy which means no bounce or movement. Most important of all it pleased my wife.

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 04:45 AM

nice block you could also use it as an anvil for steel work
Thats a heavy block
looks good though

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 04:48 AM

that is one serious chunk o wood :D awesome!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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John Gray

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 05:50 AM

I love it!!!!!
A friend and I refinished several butcher shop meat blocks back in the 1960’s, yours is the most authentic, to the ones we refinished, I’ve seen so far on LJ’s so far.
You might do a kind of tutorial on making one like this one?
At least post the measurements of the individual blocks and over all size?
Great job and it’s pretty too,
John Gray

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 04:46 PM

Wow, I like this. Heavy duty!

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#11 posted 01-31-2010 07:18 PM

John, the top is 15”X15” consisting of 24 blocks (6X4) each 4”X2 1/4” the height is about 5 1/2”. The dimensions aren’t really important, they were dictated by the piece of wood I had. One of the Jocks suggested the wood was BC Fir. Let me see your version if you make it. It has served my wife well for over 20 years.

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#12 posted 01-31-2010 07:55 PM

Thanks Gerard for the measurements I saved them and will certainly keep you informed if/when I make one. A cutting board is on my list to make but I had not found one I really liked until I saw yours.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#13 posted 06-05-2012 12:41 PM

I really like the lag bolt touch. Not only does it add to the strength and stability of the piece, but it adds an asthetic look too….kind of an industrial look.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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