How to Create a Faux DIY Butcher Block:
In my shop, there is a lot of
crap scrap going on.
Once in a while I feel it staring at me, and that’s when I know it’s time to clean house and use it up. I’ve always liked the look of butcher block as an accent in the kitchen, and I recently had the urge to recreate it.
Since I’m not a chef in real life and there is no chance of being mistaken as a chef with a ten foot pole, I knew I would NOT be using this for food prep. That meant 2×4’s would work fine for me. (Treated lumber = not food grade. Meaning yes, it is just an “accent” that cannot actually function as a butcher block anything. But at least it looks cool, no?)
First off, I cut some to be the same length and then glued and clamped them together.
I wiped off the excess glue, and let it sit clamped overnight.
The next day, I used a belt sander to sand the surface and edges smooth. (That part, not fun.)
I also added handles because I have a lot of random handles.
And for the love of things that roll, I added 4 small casters to the bottom. Those might drive me nuts later… if so, I’ll take them off.
The last step was sealing the wood with a couple coats of wax, and then I had myself a cool faux DIY butcher block.
(The word TOP was already on the lumber, I just chose not to sand it off.)
Part Two…. Suprise! There’s more. The first faux butcher block was so easy, I decided to play around some more.
I took some 2×3′s this time, and ran each strip through my table saw twice, to cut off both of the rounded edges. (That saved me from using the belt sander later.)
Then, I glued – clamped them together like so:
The next day, I cut this chunk of wood with my miter saw.
I flipped the sections so the end grain faced up…
Then, I glued and clamped again (both ways.)
I then sanded the edges and……
Ta-Da! (It sets the stage for the salt and pepper.)
Really fast and easy, this was a great way to add a natural element in my kitchen.
..Only that’s not my kitchen. It’s my mother in law’s.
My kitchen is a construction zone. More on that later.
Thanks for reading!
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