Round Butcher Block

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Project by childress posted 03-16-2011 08:04 AM 3942 views 18 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a solid walnut, 29-1/8” diameter end grain butcher block (that’s a 10” chef’s knife in pic 2). The customer designed this with me as he did not want a square block that was cut into a circle. Instead he wanted pie shaped pieces. This is going in their “vacation home” in Uruguay and the last pic shows a plan of the kitchen remodel. You can see where the round block is getting integrated into the marble counter top.

He also wanted a couple engravings, as seen in pics 3 and 4. One is a custom sketch he did of some type of birds and the other was my logo.

Also made a nice shipping crate to protect it during shipment. I figured I needed something like this with large blocks, after I had a break occur in this shipment

After scratching my head for a good week or so, I built a taper cutting jig and a glue up jig to handle it….

I hope I explained everything well enough, but if you have any questions, ask away…

-- Childress Woodworks

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 08:30 AM

Very nice piece. Customers always want it the hard way isn’t it great, keeps you challenged.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 08:46 AM

What a wonderful alternative to the plain cutting board! A very fun piece. I would love to see photos of the installation.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 08:53 AM

This is awsome. Its my new favorite piece!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 12:10 PM

Very very nice! Having done a few “rectangular” end-grain cutting boards, I have nothing but awe for the work you’ve done here. The end project looks a bit daunting, but you made it look easy. Well done!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 12:51 PM

Nice job!
Well posted.
Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 01:42 PM

super job. a hard way to get a round board, but it a great piece.

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 03:05 PM

Great looking board and tutorial, thank you for posting. Thank you for the news on SoCal and Rob, sorta
miss him and have wondered how he was doing. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 03-16-2011 03:43 PM

Outstanding cutting board.

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Sawdust and Steel

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#9 posted 03-16-2011 05:20 PM

Nice work..

-- Rex Roberson, Southern California

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#10 posted 03-16-2011 06:50 PM

Thanks for the comments, everyone….

mmh – Yeah, I can’t wait for the customer to send me some. He just got the block a couple of days ago and still needs to bring it to South America. Hopefully soon! I’ll post when I get..

Rex!!! Did you get your shop organized? Still want to come check it out….

-- Childress Woodworks

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#11 posted 03-16-2011 09:14 PM

Sweet build…I love it

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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Matt Vredenburg

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#12 posted 06-09-2011 02:18 AM

This is awesome work. Great job.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#13 posted 11-13-2011 05:56 PM

Beautifull ! There is a lot of end grain glue ups – how are they holding up ?

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#14 posted 11-01-2012 08:38 PM

Looks great. I have a couple of questions. I will message you as soon as I have 5 posts.

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