A custom butcher block that's one of a kind

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Project by Ryan Shervill posted 02-19-2010 01:26 AM 5545 views 25 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by Canadian Home Workshop Magazine to build “something for the kitchen”, but seeing as how I detest plywood, I decided to do a butcher block…..but butcher blocks are kinda boring… I “spiced it up” :)

The mother of all cutting boards I think! 24X36 X 4.5” thick endgrain cherry/maple/walnut on a solid cherry base.

The joinery:

About 900 butt joints….the single most difficult glue up I have ever done…..just that top took close to 100 hours

16 mortise and tennons, cut with the FMT and splined. 8 of them on the “Y” axis….tricky :)

144 3/8” holes with 72 dowels

Thanks very much for looking :)

Ryan Shervill







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#2 posted 02-19-2010 01:40 AM

hot diggity dog…that’s a cutting board…...wish i was up your way..would love to stop in…but since i cant…i’ll wish you the best and hope you enjoy the show…that will be great…fantastic build…grizzman

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#3 posted 02-19-2010 01:47 AM

Thats cool.

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#4 posted 02-19-2010 01:50 AM

Great great work

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-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#6 posted 02-19-2010 01:52 AM

Beautiful! Man, that’s a lot of cutting and gluing.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-19-2010 01:53 AM

Beautiful board!!

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#8 posted 02-19-2010 01:56 AM

Hey! I’ve seen this design before! Wait, it was yours! :)

Ryan, couple of questions:

1. Will you be cutting all the parallelograms at the show?
2. Will the build span all three days?

Thanks! Hope to see you there!


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#9 posted 02-19-2010 02:07 AM

Hey Charlton.

I’m building a simpler version at the show (checkerboard) as there is no way to get my own tools to the show….and I don’t have an extra two days to tune whatever machines I end up using :) Besides, I only have three days…

I will have sample pieces there though as well as a full photo show cycling through on the computer showing the steps.

Thanks everyone,


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#11 posted 02-19-2010 02:13 AM

holy,.... nice work very nice

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#12 posted 02-19-2010 02:15 AM

You could cut up a whole side of beef on that thing!!!!!! Incredible…..

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#13 posted 02-19-2010 02:51 AM

Very cool!

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#14 posted 02-19-2010 02:55 AM

Great build. The top speaks for itself. The wedged tenons are a great touch….I like them a lot. Great job.

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#15 posted 02-19-2010 03:11 AM

That is quiet an accomplishment !!
Beautiful work, well thought out :)


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