Large Butcher Block

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Project by GA_woodworker posted 03-14-2010 01:48 AM 3015 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a butcher block I made for my parents to replace the one currently on their kitchen island. It is approximately 34” x 19” and 2.4” thick, and probably weighs a good 50 lbs. It was a challenge doing a board this thick but was fun to make something I know will be in their house for the next 30 or 40 years.

It is made out of walnut, cherry, mahogany, and hard maple.

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 02:00 AM

Nice looking bread board cuter. I hope your mom can lift it.

-- skip, SoCal.

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 02:14 AM

I actually did it in two sections with Titebond II, so I could run each section through the planer then attached the two sections with dowels, for added support in the middle.

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#3 posted 03-14-2010 02:23 AM

Nice job with the four different woods. If you make another one and you want to step it up a notch so that the end grain is facing up, you should check out the podcast by the wood whisperer. Here is the link.

-- Joe Cool

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#4 posted 03-14-2010 02:30 AM

I have done many end grain before. This was actually per request from the parents for doing it edge grain.

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#5 posted 03-14-2010 02:48 AM

Very impressive!

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#6 posted 03-14-2010 03:23 AM

Really cool. What did you use for finish?

-- One Time Tree Man

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#7 posted 03-14-2010 03:29 AM

My typical finish, even on smaller boards, is about 6 coat of butcher block oil, then I finish it with 3 coats of Generals salad bowl finish, which seems to give a tougher finish than just oil alone.

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#8 posted 03-14-2010 03:31 AM

Great job, Very impressive…

-- Rick

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#9 posted 03-14-2010 05:08 AM

Very nice, Why did you decide to go with mahogany? Is it dense enough to work well with the other woods?

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#10 posted 03-14-2010 05:29 AM

Just so I didn’t have to type everything I cut and pasted:


1. The mahogany tree can reach more than 150 feet in height and 6 feet in diameter. Its bark is brown-red in color. Mahogany grows mainly in parts of Central and South America, West Africa and the West Indies.


2. Mahogany is typically red, pink, or salmon-colored when first cut. The hues deepen as the wood matures, taking on a rich red or brown-red cast.


3. Mahogany has a fine to medium texture, with grain that varies from straight to wavy or curly. Irregularities in the grain are considered desirable, producing distinctive, visually appealing “figures”—the interlocking and interleaving of wood fibers.


4. Mahogany is a strong, robust wood. Its lasting durability makes it a popular choice for furniture. Maintains its Integrity

5. The wood resists swelling, shrinking and warping over time, making it ideal for areas prone to excessive moisture or humidity.

I have never had any problems with the mahogany. It is very dense and will dull your tools fairly quickly. Also bear in mind that it is used a lot in boat making, flooring, and outdoor furniture. It is very durable, and the color and grain patterns speak for themselves.

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#11 posted 03-14-2010 08:29 AM

Beautiful !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 03-18-2010 06:27 AM

Very Nice Work

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