Both my father and maternel grand-father were butchers and I henrited my father's butcher's knife. This summer I wanted to try and make a butcher's block in memory of my father ( I miss him so much even though he passed 38 years ago) I'm now 72 and I guess nostalgia is getty the better of me. I found a Mastercraft bench on sales for $10.00 on Facebook, so I was ready to make the best of it.
A BUTCHER'S BLOCK FROM A MASTERCRAFT WORKBENCH
Not the best of shape, but I did'nt need the wood, though I kept some pieces for other projects.
Now it needed a very good sanding and I painted it with rustoleum to protect the metal, but luckely it was only surface rust. I was reckless and did not wear a mask, so with my COPD I ended in the hospital for 10 days. I was really glad to get home and since it was June I still had a lot of summer left to finish my project. DON'T BE RECKLESS LIKE ME WEAR PROTECTIVE APPAREL
I had this piece of maple wood since last year just waiting to be reborn as something great. It had to be worked on to make it thicker and straighter, but it did the job.
Since I don't have all the right tools, I must admit I did get some help from the friend that sold me the piece of wood, to make it thicker and to glue the two pieces together. It ended up being 3 3/4" thick. The surface mesurement is 22" x 20".
I had a reserve of maple wood at home already in order to make it thicker and to make the bottom shelf.
I attached my prized block to my painted base and constructed my other peices for the bottom shelf at home on my back porch. Now it was time for the sanding had to make it as smooth as a baby's bottom. ( I learned my lesson and wore a mask).
I needed to attache a stucture so that I could hang some knives, especially my father's butcher's knife in the picture. It was easy enough just 2 slabs of wood with 2 little blocks in between at each end. I screwed it on to the block.
On the other side Is just added some hooks fron IKEA.
This oil for butchers blocks can easely be found in any hardware store. I applied 3 coats as suggested on the bottle. It has to be used regularly when you clean your block in the future.
You can see the difference in color the oil makes. It is safe for food preperation.
I'm happy I made it through the summer working on it and other projects at the same time. It as been an enriching experience and a salut to my father and grand-father. Hope you enjoyed reading about it.
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An old mastercraft bench
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Published October 31st, 2017 12:24 AM