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Project by vanisle posted 1315 days ago 2027 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making many cutting boards, making a full blown butcher block table seemed like the next step. All the tops were made from the same tree…a huge western maple from my backyard. The legs of the black one are made from yellow cedar with a black milk paint finish. The legs of the white one were turned by a master turner (wish i could take credit for that, but I did make the top). Thanks for looking!

Thanks for comments, much appreciated. These took a long time to make and weren’t easy or I should say light to move around. All of them are 4” thick tops. The process I used for construction was exactly the same as for a normal end grain cutting board.
I milled the maple boards to a uniform thickness, jointed the edges trimmed them square. I glued up boards that were about the same length (3 feet) until I had around 24 inches wide. I glued up enough of these so that when I cross cut the pieces to stand up straight, I’d have enough to get the length of the table I wanted.
After glue up, I sanded the boards as flat as I could. I then started the process of cutting the 4” strips using a large cross but table saw sled. Using a stop-block allowed me to get very consistent pieces.
The tricky part is gluing all those up without the top having gaps or twisting or getting out of square. After arranging the boards in the most aesthetically pleasing arrangement, I would glue up several at a time, making sure they were as close to perfect as possible. I used tite bond III.
The next step was to hand plane the surface flat…not easy. I used every method I had available: hand planes, belt sanders, orbital sander, scrapers etc…
I used watco butcher block oil for the white one…little to shiny for my tastes. I used a natural mineral oil beeswax for the other two blocks. They really drink up the oil. I love cutting on them.





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swirt

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#1 posted 1315 days ago

Those look great. I’d love to read a post detailing your method. (translated: I need to make one)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Jonathan

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#2 posted 1315 days ago

Nice and sturdy! How thick are the tops, 4-5”?

I’m with swirt… I’d like to read about your process as well.

My personal tastes are more in line with the black one, but they are both nice blocks

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 1315 days ago

Now these are cutting blocks ! Some details on how you joined your blocks inside please !
I especially like the white one. Those legs are similar to the old buther block tables of years ago.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Max

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#4 posted 1315 days ago

Very well done. They all look terrific!! Get them in place and you won’t want to be moving them…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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GabrielX

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#5 posted 1315 days ago

INSPIRATION!! Thanks for sharing!

-- GX

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adowker

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#6 posted 1315 days ago

Agree with GabrielX…inspirational! I have some scrap maple that I think I’ve found a good use for now.
Cheers!

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Tom Pritchard

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#7 posted 1315 days ago

Great looking project. Hoping too build something similar some day.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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