Butcher Block Table

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Project by rustfever posted 03-09-2012 11:39 PM 3810 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend wanted a ‘Butcher Block Table’ I told her I would do what I could. I talked to a friend that had a great deal of ‘soft Maple’ and cut him a deal. I then started to work. I began building ‘blocks’ and then glueing them up into 16” L x 4” W x 5”T pieces. Then glued them into a Butcher Block that finished 35” x 16” x 4.75”. Of course, I hade to add a few pieces of Claro Wolnut just to “Kick-It Up a Knotch”. I then morticed in 2” x 2” legs, triming the tenion to 1.5” x 1.5” x 1.75” deep. Pocket screws were used to keep the top in position while the glue sets. All of the table is glued and pined with 5/16’ or 1/4” dowels. I used a couple of niail to hold the glue blocks on the underside of the table.

The table was made from Red Alder, sanded to 320 and given 5 coats of laquer. The Butcher Block top was machine sanded to 220 in a Performax single drum sander. After a few defects were filled, the block recieved three heavy coats of Mineral Oil.

Gladys, the lady in the pictures, is very happy. She is waiting for her husband to come and haul it home. This was to have been a cutting block, but now she keeps saying ‘Oh, but it is to pretty to use!

thanks to John for the Maple turning that were modified to make this top. I can assue you, Gladys is very, very happy.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 03-10-2012 12:05 AM

Beautiful job, that top looks heavy.

Great job

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#2 posted 03-10-2012 12:12 AM

Wow Ira, first the beautiful Table, now a just as beautiful Butcher Block!!! You are on a roll !!!!
This is really very, very nice. Love the wood combinations, makes it really interesting and unique….

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 03-10-2012 01:23 AM

Nice looking butcher block Ira. Good to see you did something with the maple. What glue did you use?

Talk with you soon.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 03-10-2012 01:29 AM

Ira: A great looking table. Looks like it will keep the floor tiles from coming loose.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 03-10-2012 01:42 AM

That one should hold up well, good job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 03-10-2012 02:31 AM

That’s beautiful, nice job

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

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#7 posted 03-10-2012 02:43 AM

wow…so beautiful!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 03-10-2012 03:32 AM

the table and top wieghs about 60 #. And Yes, it will hold the tile down.

The table was sized to fit a spot in my Secretary’s kitchen.

I used TiteBond II for glue. All joints are also doweled. 10 Pocket screw between the Butcher Block top and the table assembly. It took about two weeks of part-time work. Some days as little as a half hour. Other days as much ass 3 or 4 hours.

John, the kids at the high school are using the turnings to make lamps. They have made about a dozen, so far. They appreciated your contributation.

I just landed 11 more Claro logs that I will mill up and take to the kids at the high school.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#9 posted 03-10-2012 04:25 AM

Now That’s a butcher block. Excellent work!

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