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Project by Bock posted 02-06-2012 03:57 AM 1115 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Twenty some years ago my father surprised my wife and I with a free standing butcher block as a ‘just because’ gift. Since then I couldn’t even begin to wonder how my fish cleaning, dear processing and culinary capers may have ended without it. In keeping with a now made tradition, I am building each my three children a version of the same. Here is the first completion for the eldest, my daughter. Twas quite the task for the first major project for me in a decade or so. I had become doubtful of being able to level out the cross grain on the maple but after verifying a thought here on LJ with regards to using my router for planing…the pics say it all. I made three different ‘sled’ jigs to accommodate the different heights of the block as flipped for planing and the results were fantastic.

Needless to say when my daughter saw the pics (she lives in Indiana and I in Florida) she was overwhelmed. She already had a trip planned here this March spring break with her family and she will take possession at that time. Now, to get the chips flying on the two boys’s.


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#1 posted 02-06-2012 04:00 AM

That’s a cool design ,a really sturdy construction.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 04:06 AM

I like it! I’ve been threatening to make one for my wife, but there isn’t enough room in our RV for it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 02-06-2012 04:09 AM


Are the dowels decorative or do they go through the entire top?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 02-06-2012 05:11 AM

Awesome, I need to figure out a way to incorporate that in my kitchen, that’s sometimes harder then the actual build.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 02-06-2012 06:27 AM

That will last for generations

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 02-07-2012 12:47 AM

The dowels are cover ups for the screws that hold both end caps to the block. The rest of the block has 4 rods clear through. I wasn’t sure I could drill perfectly straight through 18” so I opted to bolt the inner block and screw the end caps to the block.

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 09:01 PM

Thanks for the info, Bock!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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