Butcher Block Farm Table

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Project by Budasac posted 01-20-2014 02:35 PM 1980 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I’m new to LJ I’m uploading some pieces that I made for the house. I made this table a few years ago for our kitchen. The legs and chairs I purchased and just had to finish. The rest I made. Since I have a small basement shop I’m limited to what tools I can fit, so just a table saw, router table, and miter saw, and drill press for power tools. This was my first (and only) Butcher’s block that I ever made. It was planed completely by hand. It seemed like I was down there for days working on this slab. It’s made of Maple and the finished product is very stout and able to take all the abuse my kids throw at it. The top is attached to the frame using pocket screws. I built it counter top height to help keep my big dog’s nose away from my food. It also allows us to turn the table sideway and but it up against the kitchen counter forming an “L” to set up a buffet line when entertaining. I was going to finish the top like a cutting board but instead opted for a poly finish. It’s heavy and sturdy and has had lots of use already and I imagine it will probably outlast me.

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#1 posted 01-20-2014 03:05 PM

Welcome toLjs
This is a great looking table,a very good build.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 03:42 PM

Very nice table. I have yet to try hand planing and entire top like that. Were the chairs reasonable in price?

-- Marty, Ohio

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 03:56 PM

Thanks guys. I don’t remember how much the chairs were but they weren’t very expensive. They came disassembled and unfinished so I was able to match them to the table.

I don’t think I’ll ever hand plane something this big again. It was some serious manual labor but, I must admit there was a huge sense of accomplishment when I finally ran my hand over that smooth hunk of wood.

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#4 posted 01-20-2014 06:25 PM

hard work pays off and it looks great, nice work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 03:17 PM

Marvelous and solid table! Very well thought out design and great build. A great family heirloom that they will enjoy for a long time. Excellent work!

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 03:56 AM

That’s a nice end table that’s looks great in the dining room

-- The Olson workshop

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