Custom Kitchen Island with Butcher Block Top

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Custom Kitchen Island with Butcher Block Top
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Matthew J TeskePublished on 7/26/2016

Over 120 linear feet of board for this side alone!

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What you will need

150 ft of 3/4 in hardwood face boards

1 gallon Titebond 3 wood glue

27000 clamps, ranging from 12 inch to 48 inch

Block and surface planers, varying grits off sandpaper

My very own special blend of Block Butter, mixed custom for each block

Infinite patience and tenacity

How to do this project


Commit to and aquire wood to be used. Surface all necessary boards.


Build in sections


Plane and smooth until you've achieved desired thickness and smoothness.


Condition heavily. Let rest for 30 minutes. Wipe away excess conditioner. Wait 24 hors. Lightly sand with 00 steel wool Repeat 3 times.


Oil with straight block oil. Lightly sand with 000 steel wool. Wipe away excess oil with cheesecloth. Let stand 24 hours. Repeat four times, moving from 000 to 0000 steel wool. Final wipe down uses tack cloth.


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Rafael Sanches avatar
Rafael Sanches7/26/2016 ☰
Amazing job Matthew!! Thanks for sharing. Very inspiring. Please send a little video of the whole project if you can
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