Butcher Block

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Project by childress posted 10-01-2009 01:22 AM 2859 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started piecing this together a couple of months ago. Had made the block out of beech and had it lying around the shop trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it. Then I acquired some Jatoba and came up with this. It took about 3 weeks to put together only because I had no idea what I wanted it to look like. Made no plans, just went with it.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#1 posted 10-01-2009 01:35 AM

Thanks Rob, I oiled the top with mineral oil and then waxed it with beeswax. The base has two coats of shellac and I plan on waxing that also

-- Childress Woodworks

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#2 posted 10-01-2009 02:50 AM

Very nice…....the different woods compliment each other well.

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#3 posted 10-01-2009 03:56 AM

That’s better than any plan you could have followed. That’s a great design and build.

-- John @

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#4 posted 10-01-2009 04:20 AM

Nice looking butcher block table.

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#5 posted 10-01-2009 05:30 AM

i also love the drawer

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 10-01-2009 06:36 AM

Very nice work

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#7 posted 10-02-2009 06:44 AM

I like it!!! Great top and I love the drawer details. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 10-09-2009 04:33 PM

I love your project Mr. Childress, you know what they say “imitation is the greatest form of flattery”, I just bought the hard maple and cherry yesterday to build one of these. I intend to model mine after your classic interpretation of a stand-alone butcher block. Well done. Could you share the dimensions of your particular project with us? Thanks again!

-- "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be a Store, Not a Govt. Agency"

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#9 posted 10-22-2009 02:47 PM

Very nice. How thick is the top, 3 or 4”?

I love the Green and Green style joint for the drawer front/apron.

Before I read your summary I thought the base was mahogany. That jatoba looks beautiful. Shellac was a good choice.

Nice job.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#10 posted 10-23-2009 06:45 AM

Thanks Bothus, I got a good amount of that Jatoba from a friend and for the longest time thought it was some sort of Mahogany too. I had to make a call to the place where he got it from to find out what species of mahogany it was and they informed me it was jatoba.

The top is 4” around the perimeter, but the block itself is 2 & 1/2” thick throughout. My drum sander won’t sand anything bigger than 3” thick so I had to cheat a little bit….SHHHHHH…don’t tell anyone, ok?;0)

-- Childress Woodworks

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#11 posted 11-13-2009 09:05 AM

that is awesome! I want to make one ! Im in the process of making my first end grain cutting board and its a lot of work but tons of fun. Good job on the table!

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#12 posted 11-30-2009 05:30 AM

that’s a very nice project…...........

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#13 posted 11-30-2009 06:13 AM

Better than Boos for sure..

I have something similar in my kitchen and we can’t do without it now.

This is very nice….

-- ALS IK KAN “to the best of my ability,”

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#14 posted 01-06-2011 02:28 AM

Awesome project. Is Beech hard? Is it similar to Maple? Looks like it has been a while since you posted this – how has it held up? Do you cut on it daily? Very nice design.


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#15 posted 01-06-2011 02:59 AM

Thanks Will,
Yes beech is relatively hard with an avg. specific gravity of .53 while hard/sugar maple is .56

You will find a lot of kitchen utensils made out of beech. It holds up well in the kitchen :)

The block is doing fine but I do not use it. It has been for sale as I make and sell butcher blocks and cutting boards. This was something I wanted to put together to show my customers what I can do. It is currently sitting at a local Spice Shoppe in town.

-- Childress Woodworks

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