Thursday, March 20, 2014

Butcher Block Sofa Table


I could have just taken full credit for this little table and no one would have been the wiser.... but then I would have been a huge jerk. 



We had these super cool neighbors right next door. The husband had started playing around in the garage and came up with some cool woodworking projects. Several months back, he got a new job out of state and they moved. Long story short, I ended up with this unfinished butcher block sofa table.


Luckily, all the hard stuff had already been done by my neighbor. He had painstakingly planed, glued and clamped all the small strips of wood together.

Although extremely well built, I soon discovered why it was never finished. The top was about 3/8" too narrow for the base.


That was an easy fix. All I had to do was find a scrap piece of wood, cut it to size on my table saw, and glue and clamp into place.



I left the whole piece clamped for about 2 days, to make sure the glue was nice and cured. Next, I used a sliding miter saw to cleanly cut the jagged ends square.



Both the butcher block top as well as the body received a good sanding. Lastly, I painted and sealed the base with a high gloss, white lacquer, and sealed the top with tung oil.

Here's the finished look.



I like the clean, modern lines. Not my usual style, but that's the fun part of finishing someone else's project.



My neighbor really did a beautiful job joining the butcher block. I chose to finish it with tung oil to make sure not to obscure the beautiful wood grain.



What do you think?




Aren't woodworking neighbors the best?



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2 comments:

  1. How fun to finish someone else's project. I love the top, it looks so beautiful with the tung oil, smart move! Great job Elisha!

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  2. What do I think? I think I see you in the mirror taking a picture, and you...look...mahvelous. So does the table! I love the clean lines and the natural top. I'm intrigued by butcher-block making and it just so happens I've (by some miracle) gotten my husband interested in woodworking, so we may just try our hands at this someday. :) I'm sorry you lost your cool neighbor, but I'm glad you got to finish his table!

    -andi

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