Multi "Scrap" Wood Butcher Block Dining Table

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Project by Gopherit posted 01-11-2012 11:29 AM 34263 views 25 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired by these two projects I saw online:

I used a combination of scrap and new material because I didn’t have enough scrap.

The dimensions are roughly 3’ x 5’ x 1.25” with hopes of seating six. I sized the table’s area for the potential to be re purposed as a headboard should a future living arrangement dictate an alternative use.

The wood varieties I used were: ash, hickory, walnut, cherry, red oak, white oak, and maple.

I ordered the legs from Got speedy delivery and exactly what I expected. Each leg is completely uniform, as far as I can tell. I installed metal threads under the table to make them removable.

The hardest part was planning the layout and ensuring random distribution of the wood. I really had to fight my urge to over plan, which I thought would end up making the wood distribution look contrived.

This is the biggest project I’ve made. I gained familiarity with many of the readily accessible hardwoods that I think I will use a lot in the future. Plenty of good practice with the jointer, table saw, and planer. The size and number of glue-ups were also new to me.

I finished the table with a shellac wash, followed by brushing on four or five thick coats of polyurethane and wiping on four or five thinner coats of gel polyurethane.

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 12:04 PM

Great job on using what is labeled as scraps. I think we forget, ( At least I do ) that our scraps can make beautiful projects. I have a scrap bin that I will be going through with much more thought form looking at your post! The web site for legs is very interesting. Thx for the info and great post!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 12:34 PM

Very nice table, Love the variation. Did you make the chairs also? Thank you for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 02:54 PM

That’s the biggest cutting board I have ever seen!!! Seriously though, that is a great looking table. How many different types of wood are in it?

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 03:36 PM

Nice mix of woods, welcome to LJ’s

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 03:42 PM

Great work! What an awesome way to use scrap material—-much better than putting them in the fire pit. :-)

I can’t imagine how long it took for the glue up.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 03:54 PM

Very nice. Great construction !!

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 05:01 PM

Beautiful table Goperhit I am alreaddy saving up my scraps. Thanks for sharing

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 05:23 PM

thank you for sharing, I MUST make one of these now!

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#9 posted 01-11-2012 05:42 PM

Wow now that’s putting scraps to good use beautiful table and cool design.


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#10 posted 01-11-2012 08:52 PM

I love your table. Anyone who doesn’t have a tabletop’s worth of shorts and scraps lying around is someone who spends more time on Lumberjocks than he does in the shop!

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#11 posted 01-11-2012 10:49 PM

That table is a work of art, and a lot, a very lot, of work.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 01-11-2012 10:53 PM

Real nice! It definitely has a contemporary look to it.

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#13 posted 01-11-2012 10:56 PM

Looks really cool!I love the design; curious how you handled planing it; did you do it by hand after you glued it up?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#14 posted 01-11-2012 10:59 PM


I assembeled the chairs… (they are from Ikea).

I have thought about making a chair, but it looks pretty challenging. Much less making duplicates of them. I don’t understand how it is possible to replicate the shapes and curves of the seats, arms, legs, and backs, with any consistency. My dad did a project involving steam bending recently and there was a fair amount of variation in how much each peice of wood sprung back after being removed from the form. It didn’t matter for his project, but I don’t know how it would work for making multiple chairs.

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#15 posted 01-11-2012 11:57 PM

Very pretty result. Here’s a “newbie” question: is there any issue with the different kinds of wood having different expansion and contraction properties with changing temperature and humidity?

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