Indeed, butcher block table is interesting in look. Different with other ordinary wooden table, this is made of some hardwood strips. Of course, it will be harder than the other wooden tables. It is because this table has harder job i.e. to be the place where a butcher cut the meats. But now, the function is absolutely different. Table designer glues some wood strips to create an unusual table with impressive look. The strips will present a beautiful look that supports the visual appearance.
This creative idea inspired by a butcher cutting table is then advanced. This idea is applied not only for a table, but also for a countertop. It creates stunning table top appearance and it also creates a perfect countertop that you can apply for kitchen cabinet or island. You can also create this stuff by yourself. There are some examples of butcher block table available on sale which offers some impressive look. On the other hand, you can create a butcher block table DIY by using some of these woods, sugar maple, walnut or teak.
How to Create Butcher Block Table
First, you need to prepare the materials. You can select one of the hardwoods, maple, walnut or teak. Those hardwoods must be perfect for butcher block table. However, if you have a limited budget, the best alternative is knotty alder. It is also categorized as hard wood but it is little bit softer. Of course, it is more affordable than the other mentioned three hardwoods. Even, the price is only a half of the maple price.
After deciding to use this knotty alder wood, you need to make it divided into some small sticks. They can be 1.5 inches thickness and 1.75 inches width. The cut sticks with different patterns will create stunning visual look. The next step of creating the DIY butcher block table is finding a flat surface to put and structure the sticks. You need to use clamps to line up them. You may have the sticks in different length and you may dovetail them. Let the random length at the two edges of the structured sticks.
Then, after you have a neat structure, you can start gluing them. You can use Titebond III to stick them all together. By using a foam roller, you will spread the glue perfectly. You should glue each of the sticks, including the ends of short sticks that you dovetail. Then, wait until all of the sticks are set tightly all together. You can let the different length stick ends or cut it to create a rectangular butcher block table. Then, fit this table top with the legs or on the kitchen cabinet or island.