Butcher Block style Kitchen Island table

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Project by xcuse4tools posted 12-09-2018 09:29 PM 794 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Youngest son and his wife are moving and asked if I could make a small table they could use with bar stools. I asked them if they had something specific in mind and they provided a picture of a similar style table. This one has Padauk, Walnut, Maple, Cherry and Alder to provide the contrast. I really liked the padauk’s reddish color when I was looking at the lumberyard. I didn’t realize that with time and sunlight, it can turn greyish. I used a spar urethane top coat to provide some UV protection. Assume this is to eat on, not for food prep without a cutting mat or board. Base is oak with a poly/stain all in one from minwax. Don’t usually like to hide the grain, but I was happy with the way the base took the finish and the grain is still easily seen.

I call this a butcher block style, it is actually 8/4 lumber laminated like a work bench rather than edge grain like a genuine butcher block. The base will be held on with z-clips to allow the top to expand side to side. Top is 48×24 and height is 38 inches at their request. Did a simple roundover for the edge treatment. This was a really enjoyable project that didn’t take a ton of time once you decide on the materials and placement.

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#1 posted 12-09-2018 11:25 PM

Very, very nice. Well done.

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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