Butcher Block Restoration Help Needed

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Forum topic by PriceMoney posted 10-17-2016 11:06 AM 560 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2016 11:06 AM

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I need help on where to start restoring this old Butcher Block. Just a little history fist. My father got this butcher block from an old grocery store in the mid 1970s. Growing up we used and maintained it over the years until my father opened a restaurant and use that as a decoration piece. This block sold with his restaurant about 5 years ago. It stayed on display for about the next 2 years until one day it was gone. I figured the new owners took it home and did not see it again until they quit the restaurant and a few weeks ago I found out what had happened to it. They had set it outside behind the restaurant and use the base to hold of trash can and the block leaned up against a cooler. Evidently it has stayed there for the last 3 years. I really am going to need help to try to save this block. I would really appreciate any suggestions on where to start, what to use, and basically just how to proceed on doing the restorations.

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 11:18 AM

I would start by sanding the top with a 40 grit on a down draft vacuum table till I reached clean wood, then shave off 1/6” from the sides on a table saw. Once that was complete I would start gluing in filler material to and large cracks. Last I would sand it to about 100 all over and start the oiling process. I hope it can be saved, some of the old ones were built amazingly.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 01:27 PM

Router sled would be useful in leveling it like any other end grain cutting board.

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#3 posted 10-17-2016 01:35 PM

many large boards such as this have steel rods holding them together. Can be a bit hard on a knife or saw blade.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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