|Project by sugarpine||posted 01-03-2014 04:00 AM||1559 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
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.