Butcher blocks #1

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Project by craters posted 07-20-2013 11:44 AM 1596 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made around 30 butcher blocks and finally decided to post some photos. #1: maple, louro preto; #2: shedua, birch, maple; #3: birch, maple; #4: bubinga, birch, maple; #5: wenge, shedua, maple, birch; #6: wenge, yellowheart, tiger wood, zebrawood

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#1 posted 07-20-2013 12:37 PM


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#2 posted 07-20-2013 02:53 PM

Really nice! How do you clamp your boards to get them to line up so good?

-- Harry, Indiana

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 03:46 PM

Great looking boards with interesting wood choices : )

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#4 posted 07-20-2013 04:27 PM

Thanks. Harry, as long as I’m careful when thicknessing, they pretty well line themselves up. Before I start cutting, I oil and scan the end grain of the wood I’m going to use. I import the scans into Adobe Illustrator and then play with the sizes and arrangements until I get a design I like. When I dimension the wood, I use a digital calliper and get the thicknesses pretty darned close to the ones in the design. Then during the final glue up, I use cauls placed against bench dogs that square the clamps and provide a guide for the strips. As I glue each piece I place it against one of the cauls. As long as I was careful dimensioning, the pieces line themselves up!

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#5 posted 07-20-2013 04:58 PM

Great looking boards. What is your technique for flattening them after the final glue-up? Do you use a drum sander?

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#6 posted 07-20-2013 08:58 PM

Up until recently I haven’t had a jointer wide enough to handle these boards, and I don’t own a drum sander. Fortunately, they’re short enough that I’ve been able to get away with just using a planer making sure to constantly flip and rotate the boards before each feed, and to perform very light passes. Also it’s necessary to frequently round over the back edges with 80 grit sandpaper, or the planer tears out chunks at the ends of the board.

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#7 posted 07-20-2013 11:23 PM

Wow a great batch of boards and all different designs….great work.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 07-23-2013 04:50 PM

Great looking and attractive boards! Like the variety of wood selection, have interesting patterns and colors. Very nice finish too. Great job!

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