Yesterday marked then end of Get Woodworking Week. This is part 1 of the video I was preparing for the festivities. Somewhere between the hustle and bustle of work and learning Final Cut Pro X, editing got a bit delayed. Well, as they say, better late than never!
In this episode we start building a laminated butcher block countertop for my kitchen island. We cover wood selection and milling of the pieces.
This is a great beginner project because it focuses on milling, glueups, and finishing without any complicated joinery and can easily be scaled down to cutting board size. Admittedly you do need a jointer, planer, and tablesaw. These tools, however, are staples of a power tool woodworker’s shop. If you don’t have access to them, try searching around for a shared shop in your area like the Sawdust Shop or TechShop.
The book I mention in this episode is Understanding Wood by R. Bruce Hoadley. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a rock solid understanding of the properties of wood.
Enjoy and Get Woodworking!