Butcher Block for Robin and Mack

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Project by JoeinDE posted 10-19-2013 02:43 PM 1998 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought some 3×3 turning squares and decided to use them to make a butcher block as a wedding present for two friends who just got married. The woods used are walnut, cherry, rustic hickory and maple. It was sanded up to 400 grit and then wet scraped with my card scrapers to make it extra smooth. The finish is three applications of food-grade mineral oil followed by 5 applications of salad bowl finish with a 0000 steel wool rub down between coats. The dimensions are 11.25” wide, 23” long and 2.4” tall. It weighs 17 lbs. I accidentally used my roman ogee bit on the bottom edge, but I like the way it looks so I left it. The top edge was rounded over with a 3/8” roundover bit.

The end-grain cheery and hickory did not contrast as much as I would have liked, but I’m happy with the way the piece turned out. I hope that Mack and Robin don’t think it too pretty to cut on. I got all “artsy” in the packing of the board – using shavings from the turning squares as packing material in the box.

I’m still experimenting with my lighting and camera set-up to truly capture the look of the piece in real-life. Most of these pictures turned out as I had hoped. I probably took 40 of this board with my phone and then another 20 with my Olympus.

The dry fit-up pictures are below


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#1 posted 10-19-2013 04:21 PM

Nice and great gift. I have never heard of putting mineral oil on then apply Salad Bowl Finish, Interesting. I normally do one or the other. Of course with that said, we do recommend customers to oil all our boards monthly regaurless of finish.

Nice work.

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

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#2 posted 10-19-2013 08:37 PM

Very nice job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 12:08 AM

great idea… start with precut 3×3 turning stock… great gift… and well made. Same here, wouldn’t think to put salad bowl finish on top of mineral oil…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 10-20-2013 01:04 AM

very well done. i have to get up enough nerve to try something like that! lol

-- wiser1934, new york

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#5 posted 10-20-2013 04:00 AM


-- Be safe.

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#6 posted 10-24-2013 02:06 PM

Beautiful and well crafted board! Attractive wood colors on the cool patterns and great finish.

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#7 posted 11-05-2017 06:44 PM

This board is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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