Recycle Butcher Block Top

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Project by Doug posted 10-18-2012 09:23 AM 2775 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given this 36×36x4 inch maple butcher block top by a friend of mine who had this stored in her garage for almost 20 years. I could let her toss this into the trash. I decided to cut it into two slabs…cutting through the threades rod as well. I squared and jointed the ends cut some buscuit slots and glued them end for end. I sistered some reclaimed ash and maple on the side to strenghten this joint.
I made some square dog holes and sliding block from an old birch kitchen table leaf I made 30 years ago….(seems like I save and do a little garbage pickin’ for wood). Glue this all together with new threaded rods worked really well.
The legs are three pieces of fir glued to make a 3×4 1/2 leg. The strechers were made from some 2” redwood (reclaimed from someone’s picnic table. The leg vise again from redwood but glued on a maple jaw face for strength and hardness. I used scraped of walnut ends to inlay the maple edging which cover screw heads attaching the piece to the dog hole. I have since added a sliding deadman with 3/4” holes with a peg to assist in clamping large pieces in the leg vise.
The dogs were made from scrapes of purpleheart with ash acting as the spring. After flattening the top (quite a workworkout in itself), i now have a second bench to compliment my first which always seems to collect tools and pieces of wood…and you all know how that happens. Remember: .in a woodworkers sharpest tool should be his mind**

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 09:30 AM

Very nice salvage. Nice bench.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 09:39 AM

good save

and a nice build

-- 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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#3 posted 10-18-2012 11:46 AM

awesome bench!

I’m starting to believe that a bench is in my future…

Did you use any kind of plans/books for the design or just design as you went?

-- Steve

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#4 posted 10-18-2012 11:54 AM

the wood I had reclaimed and salvaged dicated the bench size. However i did look through the book and found very helpful ideas and inspiration from Workbenches: From Design And Theory To Construction And Use
Christopher Schwarz .

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#5 posted 10-18-2012 12:16 PM

Wow, I need to have friends like that. that is a beautiful bench and a great use of wood. I really like the threaded rod as I was thinking of building a bench but dont want to think about using my available clamps or the prices of buying heavier ones that I think I would need. Thank you for posting an awesome bench. Again, Wow!

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#6 posted 10-18-2012 12:29 PM

Awesome work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 10-19-2012 01:56 AM

You’ve made it so pretty, it’ll look great as a kitchen island! Maybe you wouldn’t, but I would! Then, I’m a little Goofey, they tell me! LOL

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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