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Freestanding Butcher Block. Real wood...not plastic.


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Here's something that has been eating into my model building time lately... Just finished this for my baby girl...well not exactly a baby anymore since she's a married woman now...but she's MY baby! 4 1/2" thick, 16" X 28"....36" high. Block made of 6 different woods....Mahogany, white oak, walnut, cherry, maple and ipe. Legs are simply softwood. She knows I was building something for her but she has no idea what. Going to deliver it Friday night and she just told me the suspense is killing her! :lol: This type of block would make a helluva modeling work surface!!!!

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Looks real nice Terry. I'd bet it weighs a lot.

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Beautiful Work Terry!

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Terry , That is really nice ! I went thru your photos on Fotki to get some idea how you built it and I'd like to try something similar myself . Only problem would be finding someplace that would plane my wood to the proper sizes .

About how long did it take you to build this ? And is it finished / sealed with anything ?

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Bob...you can do this without a planer if you have a decent table saw. Just use wood of all the same thickness. The widths of each piece could be all the same like mine or they could be random widths also...doesn't really matter. What IS important though is having a precise 90 degree cut on each block so that when you glue them up they stay straight across. Also some good clamps like Bessey K-clamps or Jorgensons....any of the newer style precision clamps.

All the pieces were 10" long in the beginning. I made it by gluing up enough blocks side by side to make a row 16" wide. Then, once I had enough rows glued together to make a block 14" wide I glued 4 rows together at a time to make them 3" thick and then cut those blocks in half. Then I glued up all the 5" X 16" blocks together to make it 28" long. Just have to be precise in gluing everything together because sanding the end grain takes a long time, even with a real good belt sander. I have a Bosch 4" X 24" and it still took a while to get it nice and flat.

I think I have maybe 30 - 40 hours of actual hands-on working on it. But the total time was much longer due to all the glue drying times The finish is black paint over primed wood for the legs and apron. The block is finished with Howards Butcher Block Conditioner, available at most Home Depot stores.

Also, here is a pretty good video on the subject of making end grain cutting boards at The Wood Whisperer site.... http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/how-to-make-a-butcher-block-cutting-board/

Edited by Terry Sumner

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"Post your "other" models here"

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