My Butcher Block Coffee Table...From Scratch!

I am SO excited to have finally posted this project! This is my butcher block coffee table. This labor of love has been finished and in its new home (in my living room) for a few weeks now, and we love it!
Pretty excited that it started off as this pile of wood!
I'm going to provide an overview of my process here, but please make sure to check out the original tutorial on my blog, which is linked at the end of this post! It includes all of the detailed steps and bits of advice along the way.
Here's how I got started. Edge gluing these bad boys together in groups of 3 or 4.
As the groups of boards dried, I continued gluing them together. Finally, I had a group of 7 boards and a group of 5 boards.
We then ran each group of boards through a planer. The planer was only big enough to fit 7 boards, or else we would have just planed the entire finished table as one piece.
Once we'd planed both pieces, we glued them together to form the table top and cleaned up the edges.
I stained it and gave it two coats of polyurethane. Then I attached some lovely steel a-frame legs.
For more details on this project, check out the full post at my blog below. Lots of tips and lessons learned a long the way, including some tricks for edge gluing your boards. This was a tougher and more time-consuming project than I thought it'd be, but I am thrilled with the result!

By Brittany Goldwyn
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  • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Feb 16, 2016
    On the under side do I see a bracing board. You dont mention it in your instructions and the dark color doesnt let me see if that is what I am seeing. Looks like there could be a board across the the ends. If not, would be a good idea to have that board to make sure the boards are secure in being held together.

  • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Feb 16, 2016
    Maybe the cross board Im seeing is part of the legs for attachment purposes and are steel like the legs.


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  • Pierre Pierre on Feb 19, 2016
    You misread me dear; I never wrote that. Otherwise, you are right on all accounts. I am just an old ignorant fool to try to prove otherwise.

  • Patti Chesser-Spencer Patti Chesser-Spencer on Feb 22, 2016
    Brittany Merth... You did an AWESOME job on your Butcher Block (aka look alike... LOL) Coffee Table! Whatever, you would like too call it... You can, its yours! Wow... Once again, GREAT JOB... especially for not being a Professional! LMBO