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How to build a butcher block counter - REALITY DAYDREAM

How to build a butcher block counter - REALITY DAYDREAM
How to build a butcher block counter - REALITY DAYDREAM
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DIY Butcher Block Counter Tutorial (Reality Daydream)
DIY Butcher Block Counter Tutorial (Reality Daydream)

My Grandfather was an avid woodworker, and had stashed away several variations of hardwoods and softwoods in the old barn on my Grandparents’ acreage. We love this because it’s sentimental AND cost effective! But you can use ANY wood.


Build your own Butcherblock Countertop ...from rough cut lumber! {Reality Daydream}
Build your own Butcherblock Countertop ...from rough cut lumber! {Reality Daydream}

Once we got the lumber, we took it into our local saw-mill/woodworking shop and had them run them all through their planer to get the lumber all the same thickness. We were surprised to find out we had 3 variations of wood (pine, oak, and hackberry)!


Note: By Buying grade Common 1 lumber will save you money for this project. You’ll probably spend $40-$60 dollars in lumber and another $5-$10 in getting it planed.


We ran all the boards through the table saw, cutting 1/4” thicker than then I wanted the final thickness of the counter top to be. I set ours at 2 1/4”.


Learn to build your own Butcherblock {Reality Daydream}}
Learn to build your own Butcherblock {Reality Daydream}}

Once I had all the boards cut to width, I cut them down into smaller random sizes using our

Building a Butcherblock Counter {Reality Daydream}

Time to lay everything out! The most important thing was to make sure that the different types of wood were evenly dispersed throughout the butcher block. Every wood-type stains differently, so once the stain is added, the character of the wood color and grain is really brought out.


Build your own Butcher Block Counters for your bathroom vanity {Reality Daydream}
Build your own Butcher Block Counters for your bathroom vanity {Reality Daydream}

Once everything was laid out out nice and neat, we started gluing. We use

Butcherblock Tutorial {Reality Daydream}}

Then we worked our way down, gluing and clamping as we went.


DIY Butcherblock Counter {Reality Daydream}
DIY Butcherblock Counter {Reality Daydream}

Once we got everything glued into place, we used a two longer boards on the outside edges to equalize the pressure across the entire countertop. Then flipped the whole thing over letting it rest on the pipe clamps.


Caution: If you’re just using the bar clamps like the ones I have in the middle; Trying to flip it will likely cause it to collapse into the air leaving you to bob and weave avoiding the diligently placed pieces that have now turned into wooden projectiles. Okay that might be an exaggeration… but seriously, unless you want your hours of hard work to go down the drain, use pipe clamps or something that isn’t going to flex creating unnecessary spring tension.


DIY Butcherblock Tutorial (Reality Daydream}
DIY Butcherblock Tutorial (Reality Daydream}

Alright kids, we leave things clamped up for a good 24 to 48 hours letting the glue set. Now we remove the clamps! Using a square, we cut the excess off the ends, with a circular saw… cutting the length down to size.


You will likely notice that the boards are not perfectly smooth and flat. Therefore we load it up once more to get it planed at the local sawmill/wood working shop (unless you’re fortunate enough to own a planer). Have them plane it to your desired thickness.


Note: Check with the local woodworking shop ahead of time to see what their planning width is. You might have to do your butcher block in two sections, (which is not a big deal) and will require you to glue and clamp the two pieces together after having them planed.


Building your own Butcher Block Counter {Tutorial by Reality Daydream}
Building your own Butcher Block Counter {Tutorial by Reality Daydream}

Once we had the length to size we hauled this bad boy into the bathroom for a test fit! Since one side of our vanity has a rounded edge, we used a compass and traced around my rounded corner shelf… leaving the same distance the front edge of the counter.


We attempted to cut the rounded edge with a jigsaw, but it just wasn’t doing the trick. So we had to take a few swipes with the circular saw. Then I used a wood rasp to rough it into shape and a belt sander to put the final touches.


DIY ROUNDED Butcher Block Counter Tutorial {Reality Daydream}
DIY ROUNDED Butcher Block Counter Tutorial {Reality Daydream}

Heading to the bathroom yet again for another test fit! Had to get the OK from the tiny inspector too.


Rounded Butcher Clock Counters for bathroom vanity {Reality Daydream}
Rounded Butcher Clock Counters for bathroom vanity {Reality Daydream}

Later that night we routed the corner’s using a 1/4” rounded corner bit and sanded the whole butcher block down.


Custom ROUNDED Bathroom Vanity and Butcher Block Counter {Reality Daydream}
Custom ROUNDED Bathroom Vanity and Butcher Block Counter {Reality Daydream}

We filled the entire block with

Rounded Butcher Block Tutorial {Reality Daydream}

DIY Butcher Block Counter Tutorial {Reality Daydream}
DIY Butcher Block Counter Tutorial {Reality Daydream}

Now everything’s a GO for staining, sealing, and drilling the hole for the sink / plumbing!


We used . Be sure to follow all the instructions to the letter, because this stuff is easy to mess up! Not that we would know.


butcher block
butcher block

Then we drilled a giant hole using a

Use a forstner bit to drill hole in butcher block counter {Reality Daydream}

We are SO in love with the character our butcher block counter brings to our bathroom. It’s such a bold statement piece… AND it has sentimental value since the wood came from Grandpa’s barn!


Here she is in all her glory!


Butcher Block Counter Tutorial (with Mason Jar Backsplash!!) www.sawdustandembryos.com
Butcher Block Counter Tutorial (with Mason Jar Backsplash!!) www.sawdustandembryos.com

Check out how far we’ve COME!


Be sure to check out the tutorial for the Mason Jar Mosaic Backsplash! It’s one of our most popular posts to date!


DIY Mason Jar Mosaic Backsplash Tutorial PART 1 {Reality Daydream}
DIY Mason Jar Mosaic Backsplash Tutorial PART 1 {Reality Daydream}

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Build your own Butcher Block Counter for your bathroom vanity (or even your kitchen!) Reality Daydream
Build your own Butcher Block Counter for your bathroom vanity (or even your kitchen!) Reality Daydream

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