Butcher block kitchen island

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Project by Chainjack posted 12-23-2017 04:03 PM 1557 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife requested a butcher block kitchen island for Christmas and I obliged.

The top is 35×28in and 3¼ inches thick made from ¾ inch cherry and sapele boards, glued together in pairs. I made the top by gluing 6 boards at a time so I had “chunks” of a manageable size that would fit my jointer and planer.

After the final glue up I took it over to a local mill shop so they could use their beast: A 48in drum sander that got it dead flat. I was within a 16th of an inch in the glue up so luckily they didn’t have to take off too much.

I used Watco Danish oil as a finish. First time using it so we’ll see how it holds up.

The base is pine and chalk painted with a basket drawer. The boards at the bottom are sapele. Unfortunately, my little lathe isn’t long enough to make those legs so they were bought online.

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#1 posted 12-23-2017 04:07 PM

I like that combination of traditionaly designed leggs and modern table top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-23-2017 05:08 PM

Nice job, on your build, not to long ago I made a kitchen island but with a pine top to match the harvest table that I have, keep making sawdust and have fun.

-- Don't only practice your art, but force your way in to its secrets... Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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#3 posted 12-23-2017 05:28 PM

Nice looking island. Works perfectly in your kitchen.

The nice thing about Danish oil is you can always refresh it easily. I’ve always used mineral oil on my kitchen island because I wasn’t sure if Danish oil is safe for direct food contact. Do you know if it is?

-- ~Steve

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#4 posted 12-23-2017 06:35 PM

I’ve read that Danish oil is food safe after it cures. Danish oil is Tung oil based with resin and driers in it. I don’t really plan to use it as a cutting board though so I really just wanted it for the protection.

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#5 posted 12-23-2017 09:32 PM

Very Nice Indeed! I’d Love to have one of these!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 12-24-2017 03:59 AM

just simply fits in your kitchen perfectly,you did a great job,wifes gotta be thrilled.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 12-24-2017 02:07 PM

This butcher block kitchen table is so beautiful and very practical. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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