Butcher Block Kitchen Prep Station
The footprint of this project is 33 ¾” wide, 25 1/8” deep and 35 ½” tall. The island has one 4” deep drawer and two open shelves.
The butcher block top overhangs 2” on both sides and 1 1/4” front and back. The top is 37 ¾” wide, 26 5/8” and 1 ½” thick. The entire project is made from maple.
The construction of the butcher block top was featured in a previous Instructables.
The legs are made from 2 pieces of 1 5/8” stock that were glued together and then milled to 3” square.
The construction joinery is mortise and tenon. The slats for the shelves are screwed to the stretchers and concealed with contrasting wood plugs.
This project requires basic woodworking skills and access to woodworking machines. Woodworking machines have sharp cutting edges and are NOT forgiving. You should be properly trained in the use of these machines. Ensure that you wear safety glasses and hearing protection, use push sticks, hold-downs , clamps and a cutting sled to cut the project parts safely.
On a scale of 1-10, 10 being very difficult, this project is a “4”.Materials Needed:
Tools & Equipment Needed:
- Approximately 30 linear feet of maple, 2” thick for the legs.
- Approximately 20 linear feet of 1 ¼” thick maple, 6” wide for the aprons and stretchers.
- Approximately 40 linear feet of 1” thick maple, 3” wide for the shelf slats.
- 150 and 180 grit sandpaper and 0000 steel wool.
- Yellow woodworkers glue
- Min-Wax Wipe-On Poly varnish
- Locking Casters (4)
- Table saw
- Router table (straight and dovetail router bits)
- 8” jointer
- Planner or flat bed drum sander
- Block plane
- Bar or pipe clamps