**This is Part 1, of a 2 Part Series.**
Well, this is one of those projects that I never intended to do — it never even crossed my mind — but through a series of events, I quickly realized it was going to happen whether I wanted it to or not.
Here’s the series of events: last month was my birthday. My husband had an idea for my birthday present (he’s always thinking up projects). We had a butcher block lying around from an Ikea cabinet we purchased from Craigslist. His idea, use the butcher block to make a coffee table for our living room. Brillant!! Sadly, when you reach a certain age it just feels like another day however, working on the table gave the days leading up to my birthday purpose and it was fun to see it all come together.
I love absolutely love it! So much so I debated if I should take our teal media cabinet and make it match the table. My biggest hold up was I knew we’d either have to purchase a butcher block, which can get expensive or make it by hand or purchase one. I wasn’t to thrilled about either.
In the end, I caved and decided having the table and cabinet match made more sense and it would be AWESOME once it was all said and done.
Enter the weekend and lots of work! Good thing my husband was around to help and get me started otherwise this project wouldn’t have happened. 🙂
First of all, we wanted the cabinet to match as much as it could to our coffee table. The table block used 1×1 wood however, we couldn’t find them locally without spending a fortune so we decided on 1×2’s knowing we’d have to cut them down.
We started off with 4 pieces of 1×2’s but quickly realized that because we were going to cut random sizes of wood we would need more. Make sure to take that into account if you’ll be doing a random placement as well. We ended up buying seven 8-foot pieces and one 6-foot piece of hemlock wood.
Randomly cut the wood pieces into various sizes. We cut the first 4 in half then started cutting them into random sizes. This is about the only project you’ll ever have where you don’t have to measure twice!
After all the pieces are cut, we pieced it together like a puzzle and laid it out to size. Our top was 31 ¾ x 14. We laid out the pieces to have it measure about a half inch more length-wise to 32 ¼ x 14. This gave us a little wiggle room when it came to cutting it down to size.
All cut and ready to glue.
Lay the parchment paper or wax paper under the wood pieces. This will help the wood to lay flat without sticking to the surface underneath. Working with a ⅓ of the block at a time, take the wood glue and spread evenly on one side. Make sure to put some glue on the ends that will be attached together. We just used our finger to spread the glue. I know, super high-tech!
Make sure to lay each piece in the order it was laid out before you start gluing. You want to make sure it all stays in the same order otherwise it will throw off the layout.
Clamp together and let sit for about an hour. Repeat the steps for the remaining 2 sections.
Next, take the 3 sections and glue them together, clamp and let it dry completely. The fun part is, you now start to see the butcher block come together.
Stay tuned for Friday’s post……..
We will talking about the steps we took to paint the cabinet and what we did to finish off the butcher block.