Another Butcher Block Table

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Project by Miles posted 09-20-2020 08:52 PM 715 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Things got real slow for me during lockdown so I threw some pictures of some previous tables I’ve made on Etsy and wouldn’t you know it, someone wanted one right when I got busy with other things. I managed to hammer this out the last few days and get it off to UPS to the client. Its Cherry and mahogany with some other walnut, maple and bloodwood highlights thrown in there. I really dialed-in the joinery on this one. But my finishing skills need a little help. I used Tung oil which seems to be fine, but I think I rushed the second coat and maybe my rag wasn’t completely clean of lint or something , but in a couple of places there were some fibers in the finish that I steel-wooled out. Do you guys lose your interest when it comes time to apply finish? I just like the designing, building and assembling part. Not so much the sanding and applying finish part. I suppose I should find a guy to hand that off to. If you are in the Bay Area and like that sort of thing, holla!


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#1 posted 09-21-2020 02:10 AM

That came out very nice. I don’t lose interest during finishing… I lose interest during sanding/surface prep.

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#2 posted 09-21-2020 11:46 AM

Nice table. Those woods are a classic combo for a reason. Does this one also have the removable top like your original,?

If I’m honest with myself, the surface prep and applying finish are probably why I prefer smaller projects; no large, flat, continuous surfaces that will experience wear. I tend to stick to shellac and stay away from anything with a long curing time.


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#3 posted 09-28-2020 09:39 PM

Hey JD,

No I opted not to have the top be removable since this was for a client and I don’t know if its worth the trouble to send it to them like that. Although it cost an arm and a leg to ship because of the height and width finished plus packaging, so now maybe I’ll have to think about sending the next one top off so I can cut down on the shipping size. Those goons at UPS really saw me coming.


And I may have to take your advice for the easy finishing. Shellac, you say… Anything I should know about how that works? I need as easy as possible.



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