To make a butcher block for either personal or commercial use is not as hard as you may think. In my list of DIY butcher blocks, you'll see several ways you can make various kinds of butcher blocks that will suit your needs, from the cutting boards to the tabletops and countertops, you can make them all.
Some of the projects in this article are super easy to build, although the making process might be time-consuming. Are you ready to make your very first DIY butcher block? Let’s begin.
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1. How To Make A Butcher Block Countertop
Here is an interesting video tutorial guide that will teach you how to make a butcher block out of soft maple wood. In this video, you won't be building the entire butcher block, but just the countertop for a butcher block.
The countertop butcher block is 6x3 feet and it's quite heavy. Here are a few items you'll need for this project, an orbital sander, a Kreg jig, Dremel, a 6 in jointer, a heat gun, a miter saw, and other power tools. Although this is a tough project, the making steps are easy and simple to follow.
2. How To Make A Butcher Block
This is a rather small and portable butcher block that you can make using hardwood. The concept of making a chopping block is cool and simple. You don't need too much power equipment, just a few easy-going tools. You will need some wood glue, wood screws, and some wood filler. As for the tools, you need a screw pilot, a scraper, a sander, and a cordless drill.
The first step is to align your wood piece and create holes with the screw pilot with a drill to attach each piece of wood to the other. Then apply some glue and wait overnight till it's dry. Next, sand the entire body of the wood, and your block should be ready to go.
3. DIY Butcher Block Countertop
Here is another amazing guide on how to build a butcher block countertop. You might already have a frame for the countertop, or you want to make a countertop for your kitchen, this is a great guide to help you achieve that vision. This project cost about under $100. First, you'll need wood, cut into the required sizes, Gorilla wood glue, a sander, and a few other tools. You're going to need some kind of template for the countertop design. Once you have that, place it on the finished wood, measure, and cut out the design.
4. How To Build A Butcher Block
This is a smooth butcher block with a smooth finish. It's quite big because it's for a kitchen cabinet top, if you have a kitchen cabinet table top like the one on the guide, this butcher block idea can work for you effortlessly. You'll need some pieces of wood, wood glue, sandpaper with 220 grit, wood clamps, a butcher block conditioner, and a few other items. The conditioner is for the finishing to bring out the color value of the alder. The making process is super easy and simple to follow, all you have to do is follow the instructions, no steps, just a long list of things to do to make the butcher block the right way.
5. DIY Butcher Block Table
This is a great butcher block table, this one was made with the table so to use this guide you need lots of wood that will take you from the start of this project to the finish. You'll also need corner brackets, polyurethane, and wood glue. For the tools, pipe clamps, belt sander, table saw, a circular saw, drill bits for pilot holes on the wooden legs, and a few others. The first step is cutting the wood, gluing the pieces together then, sanding to remove any roughness. Next, the creator started building and attaching the legs and applied polyurethane for the finish. It's seamlessly easy.
6. DIY Butcher Block Desk
This is a great guide, but super tasking when it comes to the tools used. The creator used some expensive power tools to build this butcher block, but you can use any similar power tool available for you. Although the result might not be like the one in the guide, a slight difference is all you should be worried about. For the materials to build with, you'll need 4 three rod raw steel hairpin legs, frog tape, brad nails, red oak slats, Titebond II wood glue, and natural Danish oil for the wood finishing. You can get all these materials at Amazon for a good price.
7. Cheap DIY Butcher Block Countertop
This butcher block countertop is cheap because the wood was inexpensive, the creator used pine 2x3s and he used them to build an edge-grain butcher block countertop. It's seamlessly easy when you have the right and required power tools to work with. The main task is the processing of the wood, once you're done with that, what's left is applying some wood glue to the woods to fem your block, and clamps to hold the wood firm and strong with the glue. Then, the final process of a song the wood to a smooth and fine finish.
8. DIY Edge Grain Butcher Block
This is a simple time-lapse video guide that shows you how the creator started cutting the wood he will use for the edge-grain butcher block. After cutting, he poured his Titebond III wood glue into a mixing cup and applied it to the wood to form the block. Then, attached the wood clamps to hold the glue firm to the wood till it dries. After that, he passed the wood through some fining processes, and of course, some sanding, and then the Creator added a logo to brand the wood and that's it.
9. $50 Butcher Block Bench
Here is a great time-lapse video tutorial that will teach you how to build a butcher block bench for just $50. It's super easy and fun to build. First, you'll need a 2x4 kiln-dried lumber wood, for sterner bit, drill, and a few other materials and tools. The creator did not show how the butcher block bench was made from scratch, he only explained some important features that will guide you to make this butcher block bench the right way.
10. DIY Butcher Block Kitchen Countertop
Here are the materials you'll need to make this butcher block kitchen countertop, wood clamps, combo square, flush trim router, circular saw, tape measure, wood filler, wood shims, mineral spirits, and much more. There are a lot of tools used to make this countertop, if you don't have them all, you can always use other tools or try another guide that has the tools you have to work with.
11. DIY Butcher Block Cutting Board
The creator of this guide made his butcher block cutting board out of 3 special hardwood, maple, cherry, and Walnut. The combination of these 3 amazing pieces of wood gave rise to this cutting board. The dimensions to cut the wood into the required shape are in the link. This project is great for beginners with no woodworking experience. In addition to the hardwoods, you need a Gorilla glue, wood finisher or conditioner, Jack clamps, mineral oil food-safe finish, and lots more. With just 7 easy steps the butcher block cutting board will be ready in no time.
12. DIY Butcher Block Countertop
This is a super clean, super fine butcher block countertop, made out of Walnut edge grain lumber that costs about $90. The making process is quite easy and simple to follow, but it does require precise measuring. The total cost for this project is $150 and you'll spend 4 hours over two days. The creator first made a cardboard template before setting the butcher block and screwing it into the frames.
13. DIY Butcher Block Style Countertops
Getting the right wood for this project is usually the most tasking part of the job, but once you have your wood ready, everything becomes clear and easy, and the only part of this task that takes time is the time for the glue to dry and keep the pieces of wood firmly in place. The creator first made a quick drawing of how the butcher block countertop will look like, this is like a template to follow to build the real thing with the right measurements.
14. How To Make A Butcher Block Tabletop
The creator of this video tutorial guide might have used some pretty sophisticated power tools to build his butcher block tabletop, but you can always improvise and use what you have, provided it's efficient enough and can get the job done, following the instructions in the video. The making process is simple and easy, probably one of the easiest so far.
15. DIY Butcher Block Countertop
Here is another great way to build a butcher block countertop. It looks so neat and properly made, like something you could.buy at a store for thousands of dollars, yet you ain't have to spend about $20 to make this butcher block countertop. This is a countertop for a kitchen. After preparing the butcher block, you need to cut small square holes for the kitchen sink and other features of the kitchen table that will stick out of the block.
16. DIY Butcher Block Island Top
Would I say this project is expensive or inexpensive? The total cost is $410 and no doubt it's a great butcher block island top. To begin the making process, you'll need 2 pieces of prefabricated butcher block countertop, a router, pipe clamps, Titebond III food-safe wood glue, and you're good to go. The steps are easy and simple to follow.
And that's all for now, I believe with these guides, you can build a butcher block at home for your kitchen or anywhere else you want it. Be careful not to hurt yourself in the build process. Thanks for stopping by.