We have a few big pieces of butcher block that the contractors left after remodeling our kitchen a few years ago. My 9-year-old daughter and I want to make a bench out of it. We looked on youtube for some advice; the problem is, any instructions about making something out of butcher block on youtube seem to assume that you want to make the butcher block out of 2x4s or something. I'm sure no respectable home hobbyist would buy butcher block to make a bench.
Also, I'm comfortable using wood screws or nails but have never managed enough patience and precision to make anything successfully with glue. But this wood seems too thick, 2.5" or so, for wood screws. Even if I drill pilot holes, I don't have wood screws long enough. And I'm guessing nails would just be a bad idea all around. Oh, and we do have a circular saw and sawhorses. And a jigsaw. And a sabre saw that I have no idea why I bought ten years ago.
The dimension of the butcher block pieces are:
- 1 1/2" x 25 1/4" x 37" (two pieces), and
- 1 1/2" x 25 1/2" x 39" (one piece)
The bench we had in mind would be something like
39" long =================================== 15" deep ||==== ?" pieces ====|| || at the joints || || for strength || 25" tall || || || ||
So, any of the following would be helpful:
- explicit instructions that someone as ill-equipped as myself could follow;
- search terms or other advice about how to find videos that would provide those instructions instead (with the added benefit of giving my daughter and me an excuse to watch TV for a while before launching into this task); or
- warnings about how I'm probably about to maim my daughter or myself, or at least destroy some perfectly good butcher block scraps that have been sitting in the garage for years.