End Grain Butcher Block Cutting Board

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Project by sugarpine posted 01-03-2014 04:00 AM 1854 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The butcher block started as a 25 X 60 X 1-1/2 thick pre-finished maple butcher block counter top. I crosscut the counter top into 27 1-7/8” wide pieces, flipped them on the side and ran each one through my thickness sander to remove the finish and ensure a uniform surface for gluing. I routed grooves in each side of the pieces and cut splines from 1/4” baltic birch plywood . I knew the weight of a 20 X 35 X 1 -7/8 thick butcher block would overwhelm my thickness sander so I glued up three 17 X 20 sections then ran each one through to make them all the same thickness. I then glued the three sections together and added a 1 ” thick skirt to three sides. Because I was dealing with a massive amount of exposed end grain, the finished board cupped a bit over night. I considered a commercial sanding service to flatten it but opted for my belt sander instead. With successive grits beginning at 50 and progressing to 100 grit I was able to get it flat then followed with a random orbit sander. My belt sander very seldom gets used since they can cause more harm than good but since I was sanding end grain maple I had no concerns a bout removing too much material. This will be the last end grain butcher block that I’ll tackle.

-- sugarpine

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 04:06 AM

Looks good! How do you get it to stick to the ceiling like that?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 04:16 AM

Here ya go.

Good job sugarpine.

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 01:15 PM

Neat idea to cover the cupboard. It gives me an idea for here in my home.

It must weigh a LOT. Is it easy to clean?

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 01:32 PM

That there’s a gargantuan cutting board. Any concerns about it damaging the buffet underneath?

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 04:47 PM

Great cutting board. It will last a lifetime. Neat idea to fit over the cabinet too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 04:21 AM

Gianni- Although I got the cutting board flat on the top I didn’t get it flat on the bottom so it had to be shimmed to keep it from rocking. The shims were made of pine. I offered to install recessed felt tipped levelers to take care of the problem but my customer preferred shimming since she will seldom if ever move the board other than to clean under it.

-- sugarpine

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