Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Sicklerville, NJ
Refurbishing and old Butcher Block
I inherited an old butcher block from my father. It was original used in the meat room he worked in as a butcher. It has been in my fathers basement for the last 40 years. I believe the block is maple. it is 40"L x 30"D x 8" thick double dovetail end grain block. There are at least 4 rods through the block and they are covered by wood plugs. I want to clean it up and oil it so I can install it in my new kitchen.
Here is my problem. For the last 10 years it has been sitting on one side on his basement floor. As a result of a flooded basement or 2 there is some water damage on that side. The joints swelled and cracked because of the water. I have tried to clamp the block to see if glueing it was possible but I cannot get the gaps to close.
I was thinking that I might try a straight 1/2" router bit to cut out the cracked sections. Then glue in new pieces.
I have posted a few pictures of the issue. Any advice would be appreciated.
Last edited by upsman90; 09-26-2015 at 08:09 PM.