Oh my goodness how time flies! Back in September of 2015 I posted about how I built/created my own butcher block for our red kitchen island I had upcycled out of an old radio stand. Finishing said butcher block has been on my list of to-dos ever since: over a year and a half ago! I created my counter top out of 1x2s I found out in the barn, a leftover from my grandparent’s days as wood workers who threw nothing away. Here’s a few pictures of how I built it:
Click here to view the entire post about how I created it. Lots of glue, clamps and brad nails! It was one of those projects that actually turned out as well as I had hoped! Its been good to us all these months but without a flat surface it finally annoyed my husband enough that he grabbed my Grandpa’s hand planers from the barn one morning and got to work!
Hand planing anything is no small task, it takes a ton of upper body strength and watching Joe work I was reminded why I’ve been procrastinating on this job for nearly two years. He trimmed the “butt” edges with a skill saw to make the entire top more square and planed and planed and planed. It took quite awhile and it is by no means perfect which is something that I absolutely love. (You can see slight changes in the surface in the after pictures.)
With the planing complete Joe tackled the top with my orbital palm sander working his way down from 40 grit to 220. By the time I got home that night he had also put on two coats of a satin poly acrylic I had left over from another project and OH MY GOSH, isn’t it lovely? I mentioned in some of my past blog posts how bored Joe has been waiting for a big job to start (that kept getting delayed) and this was one of the projects he knew had been on my list for a LONG time. He did most of the work when I was at my day job one day and surprised me with a smooth as glass butcher block counter top when I got home!