BLTWW 03: Countertop Part 1

Sunday, February 12, 2012

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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!

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