So you’ve decided to build a butcher-block countertop using recycled wood like Pine. Now comes the fun part; putting it all together. You might have built a wood kitchen countertop before, but if not you’ll have a lot of extra building materials sitting around the house. Here are some handy tips and tricks to get that countertop built faster.
– If you’re not familiar with building a butcher-block countertop using wood then you need to know about building clamps. We’ll use them again to hold the individual slabs in place once they’re glued and screwed together. The first step is to clean your counters with a soft damp cloth followed by a thorough check with a dry hand to see that there is no leftover gunk or crud on your countertops.
– Once you’ve done your initial cleaning and check, it’s time to start laying down your wood. Use a grinder and an orbital sander to go over your counters to smooth out any rough edges. Then you’ll need to take a brad and small triangle sander to smooth out any chips or rough spots. These are small metal scouring tools that you can buy at most lumber stores.
– After your butcher block countertop has been smoothed out, you’ll need to sand it. Start sanding in small areas at a time. Using medium grade sandpaper, make sure to sand in the direction of the wood grain. By using the best quality of sandpaper you’ll avoid the possibility of binding up to the wood’s grain. Once you’ve got all the large areas sanded, you can move onto the smaller pieces.
– Next you’ll want to get your glue on. Glue each piece of the butcher block table together starting with the center and working outwards. Make sure you have enough glue for the pieces to bind easily, but not so much that they stick together. This can lead to a lot of frustration trying to put them together. Once all the pieces are glued and on the block, you can begin the finishing process.
– When your block is ready, make sure you use a wood cutting board to prevent damage to your wood. The cutting board acts as a sort of buffer between the wood and the glue you are using to glue the pieces together. The board will also help to protect the wood from getting damaged if you should accidentally cut into the block. Make sure to have the board completely covered with gluing tape before beginning your project.
– After you’ve used the wood cutting board, you will be ready to put your two halves of the butcher block together. Start by making sure the two halves are touching and that they are level. Use wood glue to attach the two halves together, and then put them in the center of your work space.
– Once the two pieces are in place, you’ll want to start gluing the wood pieces together. Start by putting a good amount of glue on the board and making sure it is packed firmly. Glue all the wood pieces together going with the grain of the wood. You may need to do some adjustments here and there depending on how close or far away you were from the end grain. Once you’re happy with the spacing between your wood pieces, it’s time to put the finishing touches to your butcher block. Use finishing nails to screw the ends of each piece onto the end grain.
– After you’ve glued all the pieces together, it’s time to assemble your butcher block table saw clamps. Using wood glue and wood shims on your hands, start assembling the clamps on the wood pieces. If you use mineral oil water resistant gloves, you can also use something like shaving cream or baby oil to keep the glue from sticking to your hands. Once all the clamps are assembled and attached to the saw, you’ll be able to clamp down on the end grain of each piece of wood and cut away.
– When you have your butcher block table saw installed and working properly, it’s time to add the finishing touches to your work space. A block of wood that has been built into one piece will often lead to problems if you have to cut it back because it is glued in the wrong place. So you’re going to have to make sure to pre-drill all your holes. Also, the wood pieces should be well glued into one another using wood shims. This will ensure a good solid cutting surface for your cutting tools.
The final step in building a butcher block woodworking project is to attach your countertops to the frame. To do this, you need either a long screws or wood glue. If you’re using the latter, it’s best to practice setting up your tools on your countertop before you screw them in so you have a better idea of how they will sit and how to tighten them down. Once all the counters are screwed in and down, you can finish sanding and polishing the wood. And you’re almost done!