Butcher Block Kitchen Worktable

  • Advertise with us
Project by LesBenito posted 08-16-2010 06:20 PM 4170 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the story goes, one day my dear friend was looking at a butcher block table and complaining about how expensive they were and how none of them were what he wanted. So I spoke up and said, hey I can build you what you want, and so began the latest project.

Ok let’s be clear about a few things.

1. This table is big. About 4 feet by 5 feet. A lot bigger than either your standard island or butcher block table, but my friend wanted lots of room.

2. This table is heavy. We’re not sure, but we think somewhere in the 200 – 250 pound range. Do not attempt this by yourself. Just moving it around and glueing up is quite a challenge.

This table is made up of a solid maple block that we glued up from a lot of 4/4 maple. We cut it to about 3 inches wide, turned them on their side and glued them up. This was quite a glue up. If you want to attempt this here is my helpful tip. Under no circumstances try to glue it all up at once. We learned that lesson the hard way. Make 3 smaller pieces and glue those up.

The base is made from solid white oak and the slats are red oak. I got a great deal off of craigslist for a bunch of white oak and it was perfect for the base. Heavy and hard.

Finally, it is finished with butcher block condition for the top (mineral oil and waxes) and the base is finished with polyurethane.

The whole plan is for this to be a serious kitchen worktable. So it comes complete with a full length divided drawer with magnets inside for knives and a 1/2 inch bottom for sturdiness and durability.


P.S. I need to go back to icing my back – geez that table is heavy!

-- - That's funny I could have sworn I measured that...

7 comments so far

View Jonathan's profile


2609 posts in 3934 days

#1 posted 08-16-2010 06:39 PM

That’s a great (big) work table!

Bet you went through about a gallon of TBIII (or whatever you used).

How did you attach the slats, just glue, dowels, biscuits?

Probably took a bottle or two of the butcher block conditioner too!

I like the one long handle on the drawer. I like the look of it, and the fact that you can open the drawer from any position from that side of the table, rather than having to reach over for a small knob or handle.

Did you do the final assembly in his kitchen, or does he have a larger patio door or something that you brought it through?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

View AnthonyC's profile


50 posts in 3790 days

#2 posted 08-16-2010 06:43 PM

Really nice work. I’m looking at doing my own maple top on some island cabinets later this year or early next. Size will be about the same. Thanks for the advice on gluing it up in thirds!

-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.

View David's profile


172 posts in 3726 days

#3 posted 08-16-2010 06:58 PM

Thats awesome, I just wish i had the kitchen space for one.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

View LesBenito's profile


6 posts in 3940 days

#4 posted 08-16-2010 07:26 PM


The slats on the bottom are attached with pin nails and glue. The hole they make is so small you really can’t see them. If they begin to come loose, I could do #10 biscuits.

The long handle is great. I like it both as a modern design element as well as the fact that it makes it easy to open the drawer from the side.

As far as final assembly is concerned. We brought it into the house in 2 pieces. The base and the top. It never would have fit in through the door. I had already put figure 8 connectors on the base so all we had to do the put the top on and screw it into place. Aside from the size I am pretty sure we would have needed 4 guys to carry it as one piece. The top took 3 of us to get up the 9 steps to his place.

-- - That's funny I could have sworn I measured that...

View Jonathan's profile


2609 posts in 3934 days

#5 posted 08-16-2010 08:07 PM

I see, thanks for the information.

Certainly a solid piece!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

View Michael J. Moore's profile

Michael J. Moore

52 posts in 3754 days

#6 posted 08-17-2010 01:27 AM

Looks good, I wish I had the room for something like that.

-- Michael Jos Moore | Farmington, UT

View workerinwood's profile


2717 posts in 3951 days

#7 posted 08-17-2010 04:11 PM

Beautiful !! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics