For years I have been in love with Butcher Block Counter Tops, and with the renovation of my kitchen I decided that I was going to make a fake version of them. I was all set, I had found a tutorial and I was all set to start making them. But then something remarkable happened. A friend gave me enough wood to make real butcher block counters, for free. How great is that!
So I hauled home my wood, stacked it all nicely, and started ripping it… then remembered to take a picture… sorry, so here is about half of the wood pre ripping.
Is it not the nicest little pile you ever did see. Ok maybe I’m a little bias but hey it was free.
Here is the pile after ripping
Oh how I loved that pile of wood…
I then started to lay it all out, but then I remembered that Mr. I loves these sorts of things, and he has a great eye for color and texture.
He was so happy to lay it all out, that Little had to get in on the action.
From there, I trimmed off the ends, to square it off, and proceeded to put it through the planner.
Mr. I wanted to help see the project through to the end. From there, we started gluing it together. We decided the best place to do this was in my place, within the kitchen. As we needed a flat surface and the kitchen was the only place we could think of.
We used several clamps during the process to hold it all together during the drying process.
After that, I used the belt sander to sand it all down, and smooth out any imperfections.
I then cut the slab into the pieces I would need for the counter top, and took it outside to stain.
I then laid the sink on the bottom and cut out the holes for the faucet.
Turned over the counter top and traced out where the sink hole would go.
And I cut out the sink
I then attached the sink
From there I attached the counter top to the cabinets, and started applying the sealer. I did 5 coats of sealer, as I didn’t want any problems in the future.
Personally I love the end results. I am however only giving you a sneak of the counter top as there are more tutorials to come…starting with the sink itself…
I’ll be sharing at these awesome parties. Check out my party page to share the love.
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