Butcher Block Bar Top

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Project by hartmanwoodworks posted 03-28-2014 02:24 PM 3909 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This butcher block bar top is 8’ x 20” with alternating hard maple stripes running the length of the bar. I made this for a friend this past winter and he as since painted the room to match the maple stripes. I used my fathers old Stanley doweling jig, since I don’t have a biscuit jointer (I have to get one!). I put a 1/4” dowel every 12, inches and destroyed two 1/4” brad point bits in the process. But, overall I was very satisfied with the results!

Thanks for looking!

-- Hartman Woodworks llc,

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 05:25 PM

First – really nice
Second – where did you get flat walnut ?

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 05:26 PM

I like it. It kind of has a cool surf/skateboard vibe to it to my eyes.

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 05:46 PM


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#4 posted 03-28-2014 05:52 PM

The walnut is cut into 1 1/4” strips and then glued back together with dowels to reveal the edge grain. I had to glue sections together so it would fit in my 13” planer. Total of 3 sections were build and then glued together. The dowels helped to keep everything lined up and flat.


-- Hartman Woodworks llc,

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#5 posted 03-28-2014 08:27 PM

Beautiful work. When you friend repainted his walls it really helped to tie in the bar top, the slate floors and the walls.

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#6 posted 03-28-2014 09:14 PM

Beautiful work. But I want to know, how do you open that door with the corner table in the way? ;) If you didn’t see this, you aren’t looking close enough. ;)

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#7 posted 03-30-2014 10:51 PM

Beautiful work!

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#8 posted 04-02-2014 02:14 PM

Gorgeous bar top! Attractive wood combo and like the stripes. Great job!

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#9 posted 04-02-2014 03:05 PM

Thanks for all of the nice comments!

-- Hartman Woodworks llc,

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