|Project by JoeinDE||posted 10-19-2013 02:43 PM||1387 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
I bought some 3×3 turning squares and decided to use them to make a butcher block as a wedding present for two friends who just got married. The woods used are walnut, cherry, rustic hickory and maple. It was sanded up to 400 grit and then wet scraped with my card scrapers to make it extra smooth. The finish is three applications of food-grade mineral oil followed by 5 applications of salad bowl finish with a 0000 steel wool rub down between coats. The dimensions are 11.25” wide, 23” long and 2.4” tall. It weighs 17 lbs. I accidentally used my roman ogee bit on the bottom edge, but I like the way it looks so I left it. The top edge was rounded over with a 3/8” roundover bit.
The end-grain cheery and hickory did not contrast as much as I would have liked, but I’m happy with the way the piece turned out. I hope that Mack and Robin don’t think it too pretty to cut on. I got all “artsy” in the packing of the board – using shavings from the turning squares as packing material in the box.
I’m still experimenting with my lighting and camera set-up to truly capture the look of the piece in real-life. Most of these pictures turned out as I had hoped. I probably took 40 of this board with my phone and then another 20 with my Olympus.
The dry fit-up pictures are below