Maple & Walnut Butcher Block

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Project by JayG46 posted 04-29-2014 02:05 AM 2419 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year, I play in a four day golf tournament with a longtime family friend. Originally, I would barter my landscaping services in exchange for entry but once I started woodworking, furniture became the currency. Last year it was a small entertainment cabinet and this year he and his wife asked for a new butcher block.

I based the dimensions off of the original (last picture), but was given creative license on the design. The first thought I had was to make a “floating” top. Aside from the aesthetic look, I thought it would provide a couple functional benefits. First, the cube construction of most butcher blocks make it difficult to sweep anything off of it into a pan or the trash. With a floating top, you can utilize the gap to get the edge of the pan or trash can underneath the board. Secondly, you could easily hang as many towels as you want over the aprons for easy access.

The legs are made out of 8/4 maple with a 4/4 mitered wrap on the outsides which terminates where the aprons start. This allows the apron box (also 4/4) to sit flush on top of the miter wrap. The aprons feature oversized finger joints with 1/2” walnut plugs. The sides with two plugs are screwed into the adjacent boards while the sides with one plug are fastened into the upper legs.

Originally the lower shelf was made with simple slats, but it now has a grid of pieces of maple, walnut and cherry 3/4” by 1/2”. As you can see in the second picture, it is made with half lap joints. This was pretty ambitious and I broke a couple of pieces trying to put it all together, but I think it contributes positively to the design.

The top measures 22” square and 1 3/4” thick, the aprons are just shy of 9” wide and the gap between the two is 1 3/4”. The lower part of the legs finished out at about 2 1/2” and the shelf is 8” up from the bottom of the legs. The height of the piece is 32” but casters will be added. It’s finished with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish thinned with 50% mineral spirits.

Thanks for checking it out.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#1 posted 04-29-2014 02:39 AM

Impressive, I really like the design details and walnut/cherry accents.
Well Done, I’m sure the golf was worth it, but that’s a solid exchange.

-- Shane - Dublin, OH

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#2 posted 04-29-2014 03:10 AM

Very Nice and well built…. It will provide many years of enjoyment…

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#3 posted 04-29-2014 09:40 AM

So much Character, Great work, Love all the details….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 10:02 AM

Nice looking butcher station. Gotta love trading a hobby as a form of currency… gives us a reason to get in the shop and play!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 04-29-2014 10:51 AM

That is awesome. Great job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 04-29-2014 11:44 AM

Wow, that is beautiful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#7 posted 04-29-2014 02:47 PM

How I love “creative license” ... and this butcher block is absolutely beautiful Jay! Well done!! Hope you enjoyed the golf tournament :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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