|Project by jayman7||posted 05-04-2012 12:58 AM||1657 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
I modeled it after a John Boos table that I really liked. Problem was that it cost $1600! Total cost for my island was $225. It was also too large for my kitchen so I made the dimensions slightly smaller and added a removable shelf. I also used the opportunity to add some elegance by trimming the front and back of the top with tiger maple and cherry accents. I also stained and varnished the base, whereas the John Boos appeared to be painted.
The butcher block top is made from hard maple and the base is poplar. I originally wanted an endgrain top but it would’ve taken forever to sand knowing how long it takes to make cutting boards a lot smaller in size. I sealed the top with thinned salad bowl varnish and finished it with a mix of mineral oil and beeswax.