I am in the midst of building a handcrafted log cabin, from a company in Montana, for my new family home. I have no woodworking skills to speak of. I have plenty of space to set up a small shop in one of the existing garages that are on my mom and dad’s farm.
I would like to start into the world of woodworking by building a butcher block island for the kitchen. I have a friend that is a woodworker, but he is arguing with me about the way I want the grain on the butcher block. He insists on sidegrain, I want end grain. I have looked around on the internet and it seems like a task that I can handle.
As most of my money is pouring into the house, I will only be able to afford hand tools for this project. I have a table saw, router, belt sander, orbital sander and a mish mash of power tools. I will need advice in the hand tool area as I do not have the time to research what I should look for. I have a few local saw mills that I believe I can pick up the hardwood stock that I will need. I was thinking of mixing red oak, white oak and maple for the butcher block. I would like the butcher block to compliment the lodgepole/engleman spruce logs along with the red oak 6×6 support posts. Thanks in advance for any advice. Have a good one!!
-- Josh, Working On A Log Cabin In Indiana