Rick’s Butcher Block Island
By Rick Seibel from Lincolnville, ME
Added on February 8, 2016
When my daughter bought a house she asked me to build her a butcher block island that was small so she could take it with her if she moved. I came up with the idea of using whatever materials I had laying around or could find without buying. The butcher block island is made with sugar maple that was blown down in a storm; I had a section of it milled with live edge in hopes I could someday make something with it. The top is made with the maple and recycled oak from a park bench. The legs are made from old reclaimed cedar sign posts. The towel rack is made from pedals from an old upright piano and the brass rod is from a waste-water treatment plant I used to work at. I had to thread the rod and buy the acorn nuts. The drawer is made from scrap wood and part of the upright piano. The drawer front is spalted maple also known as ambrosia maple. The bottom shelf is oak from the park bench and an old half inch copper water pipe I had laying around. I polished it with a wire wheel and then used 320 and 400 grit emery paper and coated with clear lacquer. The finish is rubbed on Danish oil and rubbed on Minwax satin poly.