Hickory and Maple Butcher Block

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I just finished this for an out-of-state client. Can’t anyone give me some hints for shipping this 74-pound kitchen table? I’m thinking crating and maybe a pallet. Your experience would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

The top was made from one of my giant shagbark hickory trees which had to come down. The entire top is end grain, including the maple which surrounds the hickory. To get the repetitive pattern, I made two different glue-ups and alternated them when I rolled them 90 degrees before the second gluing. I also flipped every other piece end for end. This distributed the color variations all across the table and is responsible for the “T” shapes in the sapwood.

For anyone making end grain boards, most folks will tell you can’t run it through a planer. That’s just not so. I have done it with several dozen boards and never lost one. The secret is to glue a sacrificial board on each end. When you run it through your planer (with about 1/3 the normal cut) those sacrificial pieces will take the tear-out and leave your end grain completely unharmed. After sanding, I crosscut those pieces off the ends.

This table top was too wide for my 15-inch planer, so I made a sled for my router and clamped boards of equal width to each long edge of the end grain plank. Then I slowly ran the router over the board half a dozen times until I leveled it. Same for the opposite side.

Sanding was done with my new Festool Rotex 6-inch wonder sander. Once you use one, you’ll never go back to a 5-inch sander of any other brand. It has its own vacuum system, which is nice on the nose. The two-speed sanding action is fabulous. I figure my 5-inch DeWalt ROS takes three times longer to do the same job.

-- --Dale Page

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 09:57 PM

Nice butcher block. You will most likely have to send it by freight company. I think it is too heavy for UPS or USPS. It is going to be costly!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-02-2014 01:52 PM

I found the weight is not a problem with UPS, but you pay for it. The table weighs 74 pounds and it’s going to cost almost $400 to crate it, insure it, and truck it. The UPS Store will do it all.

-- --Dale Page

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Patrick Garrett

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 07:20 PM

Nice looking block Bannerpond1. I agree with the sentiment about planers, I have been making a lot of end-grain cutting boards and have used the thickness planer on 95% of them to make them dead flat. I have had good luck gluing a sacrificial piece to the end of the board and taking very light passes.

-- Makes airplanes by day, planes wood at night <|>

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#4 posted 04-09-2014 10:49 AM

I just chamfer or round over my corners on end grain boards and they do fine and as I usually do a round over that works quite well.

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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