|Project by rustfever||posted 03-09-2012 11:39 PM||3213 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
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