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Workin’ It

Colby never ceases to amaze me.  Seriously!  He’s known to disappear into the depths of his “man cave” work shop and reappear a few hours later with something amazing that he just whipped up with scrap wood.  What Martha is to the kitchen whipping up tasty confections, Colby is to the workshop.  Colby, I know you’re reading this and aren’t down with MS (Martha Stewart) so let me enlighten you…that’s pretty darn awesome.  This weekend was no exception as Colby just “whipped up” a new work bench for his work shop:

The purpose of the work bench was two fold.  Colby wanted an extra surface for when he begins the bathroom vanity project, which is coming up in the near future (fingers crossed…fingers crossed).  The other reason, was to practice a butcher block surface.  When we do the kitchen re-do, which unfortunately won’t be for a few years (le sigh……) we want to put in a huge kitchen island with a butcher block top made with recycled wood from other renovations in the house.  Here’s a close up of the surface:

Not bad for recycled wood, huh?!  To make it, he ripped 4″ scrap pine down to 1-1/4″, screwed and glued it together on top of a piece of plywood, then sanded/filled/poly-ied.  Simple as that!  Now he just needs to figure out what to store underneath it:

Maybe his girlfriend should start purchasing a few tools from work (that’s …random, shameless plug for NH Bragg & Sons…industrial supplies and solutions since 1854).


  1. Just a word of warning. Be careful when gluing a piece of wood across the grain of the main surface. The butcher block will shrink and contract with changes in humidity and if restricted might crack. Trust me I have experience 😉

    As I said just a word of warning, considering wood movement is important.

    – Stefan

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