DIY Butcher Block!

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DIY Butcher Block! 

Can be used as a cutting board, a table or even a countertop.

Materials:
-3/4" Plywood cut to desired size.
-1x2 boards cut to length of plywood.
(Available in Maple, Poplar, Birch and Oak.) *Use multiple wood species for color variation, for a more consistent look use Maple.
-Wood Glue
-Wood Putty
-Miter/Chop Saw
-Orbital Sander
-150 and 220 Grit Sanding Discs or Sandpaper.
-Howard Butcher Block Mineral Oil and Howard Butcher Block Conditioner (if making a Cutting  Board or Countertop to be used for food preparation.
-Super Glaze 2 Part Resin for Bar top or Countertop.
-Oil Based Minwax Stain and Polyurethane for tables and counters not being used for food preparation.

Instructions:
-Cut plywood and 1x2 boards to size.
-Miter the ends of the edge boards at a 45 degree angle to create a frame around the edge. 
-Lay 1x2 boards out on 3/4" Plywood, alternating wood species. 
-Lift 1x2 boards, put down Wood Glue, lay boards back down, place something heavy on top or tape down while the boards are setting, Let dry 24 hours.
-Attach Edge Frame boards with glue and tape to hold in place or with nail gun, use wood filler to fill holes.
-Fill any gaps ugh wood filler.
-Sand surface with 150 grit sandpaper then for finer smoother finish, use 220 grit.
-To finish for Cutting Board, apply Howard Mineral Oil, (3 coats before first time use) then apply Howard Butcher Block Conditioner. They will both prep and seal wood, enhance wood color, and be safe for food preparation. Reapply as needed. Re-sand, re-oil and recondition when board gets beat up.
-For Tables and Countertops not being used for food prep, apply stain and polyurethane to finish.
-Enjoy!

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