End Grain Countertop for Island Build

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Project by sam20650 posted 06-01-2011 05:33 PM 4888 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is 22” x 36” x 2.5” and made from walnut, cherry, white oak, and touches of bloodwood. This is a countertop for a custom kitchen island that will also have a cool sort of bar flap that connects the unit to the existing counter. Once is is all together I will post pictures of the whole thing but I couldn’t wait so I am posting the completed top by itself…

finish is mineral oil and beeswax…

-- "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -Abraham Maslow

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 05:52 PM

beautiful work sam

been thinking along these lines myself
for all the bits and pieces
i have collecting
your glue up is excellent

a tutorial would be nice

welcome to LJ’s

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 05:58 PM

Welcome to Ljs

Unique design
and great choices
of woods and
Very nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 06:16 PM

I’m with David-I’d love to see a tutorial. I’m just now finishing up my 6th endgrain board, but no where near this variation of sizes and colors. I’m wondering if we could do this with our cutoffs and scraps? Beautifully done-lots of work in a peice like this-you should be very pleased. Thank you for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 06:30 PM

This is really wicked.

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 06:35 PM

Great design. Allow me to add my name to those calling for a tutorial!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 06:35 PM

Very nice. Pleasant looks.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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

Whoa, killer top! Just don’t drop it on your toes! It will be a conversation piece and a definite draw to keep people in the kitchen.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 06-02-2011 02:45 AM

Shucks guys…Thanks! Having seen some of the stuff posted here after lurking for a bit, I am sincerely flattered…but being new to LJ I am not sure how to put together a tutorial…just as a blog or series of blogs?

The real trick is that there is no plan to this design —a feature that I love and drives my engineer boyfriend/ woodworking partner a bit crazy when we are talking design ideas. I said “Well, it will be all random widths and lengths of different kinds of wood—what could possibly go wrong??” Turns out I was mostly right, but as always a few things went wrong along the way…which i would happily help you not repeat! So while there is not a design, there is a method :)

And yes, this beast is heavy!! Luckily I am strong for a girl, and I have Jay to carry things around for me once they get too heavy. And he has built a killer base for this thing…my eyes glaze over when I have to start thinking of drawer construction and joinery so thank goodness he is the detail person!

-- "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -Abraham Maslow

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#9 posted 06-02-2011 04:46 AM

Beautiful! It looks like you put so much thought into making sure it looks like you didn’t put so much thought into the layout, and it turned out great!

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#10 posted 06-02-2011 05:50 AM

That is stunning. Pretty sweet how “traditional” woods can make for something so modern and funky when flipped around in a new perspective. The only question that I’d have is movement, but I guess time will tell on that one. Very cool project.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#11 posted 06-02-2011 07:23 AM

This is awesome! Very beautiful and interesting. Keep up the good work. I look forward to more of it. Oh, and please feel free to be at whatever level you are. Everyone is learning here and hopefully everyone is growing and developing as well! :-)


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#12 posted 06-02-2011 07:40 AM

I am sorry, but I have to tell you what I honestly think about this piece.

It’s way cool. Way. Actually…...super way.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#13 posted 06-02-2011 02:07 PM

We were worried about movement too…obviously I used all hardwoods, like in most cutting boards/chopping blocks, which should help. We were more concerned about the size and mounting it to the base so the slab has threaded inserts on the back side of it. Lag bolts will come up through the top of the base into the inserts and the piece will actually sit up on rubber washers so that air can flow around it. There are three bolts clustered in the center that are tightly anchored to keep it from moving (they swear they will actually be chopping on it) and then 6 more bolts around the edges with the hole in the base a bit larger so the edges can “float” if it moves at all…

-- "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -Abraham Maslow

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#14 posted 06-02-2011 02:14 PM

Nice looking countertop.

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#15 posted 06-13-2011 07:31 PM

Tutorial here:


-- "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -Abraham Maslow

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