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Project by mdf posted 05-04-2008 03:16 PM 3520 views 11 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

By using scrap pieces I ended up with this “butcher block style” table. The table frame is made from Red Oak and the top is made from regular 2×4 construction lumber.
The process was pretty straight forward. I did use the thickness planer for the top which I think was borderline smart to do, I feared that the block would break, but it worked without breaking the block or the planer.

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#1 posted 05-04-2008 03:20 PM

That is a really interesting effect. Good thinking!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-04-2008 03:33 PM

what kind of finish will you use?

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 05-04-2008 04:05 PM

This is a very unique table. The grain pattern on the top gives it an interesting look.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-04-2008 04:13 PM

It’s a neat look. Are the top blocks just glued together? Also wondering how they are attached at the bottom.

I’m wondering about wood movement if the 2×4’s were lumber stock it would be close to 20% moisture and with the grain going in different directions it will be interesting to see how she holds.

I’m interested because I have a dining table in mind along this idea.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#6 posted 05-04-2008 04:32 PM

I think that’s pretty cool looking. I can’t wait to see it with finish on it.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#7 posted 05-04-2008 04:55 PM

i just watched the Woodwhisperer’s video on end grain cutting boards and I am real excited to try it…but now this looks cool…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 05-04-2008 05:21 PM

I like it !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 05-04-2008 05:38 PM

Thank you for the kind words! I actually made this table more than a year ago and have not noticed any wood movement. The lumber was very dry when I cut it, so this may have limited the shrinkage or I was just lucky. The top is just placed in the 1/2” rabbet “tray” without any fasteners (the edge holds it in place). It is so heavy that its not going anywhere. All the pieces are only glued with regular yellow glue. As for finish I have still not done anything. I like the look of it as it is and it is not a piece that gets much use, so I don’t really feel I need to protect it, but maybe one day I’ll do something.

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#10 posted 05-04-2008 06:51 PM

I look at my scrap and think firewood. You look at scrap and think table. That’s ingenuity, I gotta get me some of that. Very cool.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 05-04-2008 07:25 PM


What do you use the table for? One spilled drink may put a “finish” to your unfinished look. THe table looks great, and I like the idea. I need to stop using those scrap pieces of lumber as firewood. Thanks for sharing.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#12 posted 05-04-2008 07:43 PM

Thanks for the feedback MDF. It’s a neat table

A coat of oil would probable make that end grain pop. Now you have encouraged me to peruse that dining table I had in mind.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#13 posted 05-04-2008 08:14 PM

Nice table, I really like the idea of the table’s weight holding it in place. Clever!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#14 posted 05-05-2008 12:01 AM

Very interesting looking table. Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 05-07-2008 05:25 AM

I really like this table. The pattern on the top is outstanding. It is a real cool effect with the pieces that have the pith. I also like how you photographed the piece.

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