The Butcher Block
The most important tools for this were the plate
joiner and the hand plane. At the time I had a box plane. I upgraded
to a 6" bench plane before I finished. I should have gotten a jointing
plane then, but that came later.
I used a miter saw (chop saw) to cut
all of the wood to the same length, designed the wood layout and marked
the surfaces. I built a small jig with the spare wood and used it to assist
in cutting holes for the biscuits. Glued the project together with resin
based glue, then sanded and planed for a long long time. (if I had the
A quick treatment with butcher block oil (refined mineral
oil) keeps it glowing and resistant to moisture.