Christy and I are fast approaching our five year anniversary in April. It’s our first big one and we’re pretty stoked. It really doesn’t seem that long ago that we were married in the backyard of our crazy old house. The stress of getting everything ready for that day was nuts, and the place hardly looks like the same home today. I’m extra excited about this anniversary because the traditional gift is wood. That gives me an opportunity to build something awesome for my lovely wife.
The beams you see in the photo above are left over from our heart pine dining room table build from a while back. I had intended the two thick beams on the bottom of the stack to be a bench for one side of the table, but never got around to it. Christy has asked for a butcher block island for the kitchen and I think these beams will make a really great butcher block top. They’re 2.5″x6″ and are 66″ long, so there are a couple of different options for making them into a butcher block. First, and much more simply, I could cut them in half and sit the four boards side by side for a table top very similar to our dining table. The way I’d like to do it is a little different and I think will take more work.
I’m thinking of milling the boards into perfect rectangles and then slicing them into three inch sections. The sections could then be glued together into a butcher block with only end-grain showing, like in many of the cutting boards you see in boutique stores these days. This could be really awesome. Look how tight the wood grain in the beams is. You only get that tight pattern in really solid old wood. These beams were cut directly from the center of huge old pine trees over a hundred years ago. The trees were likely a couple hundred years old at least when they were cut. I like to think that they were growing during the great moments in American history, all the way back to the signing of the Declaration. Nerdy stuff, but I like it.
If I end up making this butcher block table like I’m planning, it will only have screws attaching the butcher block to the table itself. Everything else will be joined with glue and old-fashioned wood joinery techniques. It will be an exciting few months trying to get this done on time. Thanks for reading. -Robby