I want to replace my kitchen countertops with butcher block. I have made a few cutting boards, so I decided to scale that up to go next to my stove. I mixed maple, cherry and a little bit of mahogany. The size is just under 12-1/2" wide and 31-1/2" long. There are many little steps to doing this and I tried to capture them all on video. Here is the final product.
1) cut rough boards to 35" (yes longer than 31.5" so I can cut nail hole off from step 2 and to get square and exact fit
2) get a straight edge on one edge of the 35" boards (use a board with a good edge and table saw... I now have a 50" aluminum strip to do this with so I don't waste an inch on both ends
3) cut the nail/screw hole off
4) rip the 33" boards in about 1" strips (just a bit larger is what I picked
( I was having a little problem with the first 1" or 2" doing this, getting about an extra 1/8" cut off the left piece of wood - something to work on)
5) plane the 1" widths to get them even and smooth (which is why I cut them larger than 1"
(some of the maple was having a "tear out" issue, but not all of it. None of the mahogany or cherry had that problem)
6) arrange and glue up
(I rip cut two pieces on each top just a little bit so that the boards would be just under 12 1/2"
12 1/2" is the maximum width of my planer)
7) plane the 33" x 12 1/2" tops (plane little by little, 1/64" at a time)
8) cut to length
10) 3 coats mineral oil (1 , let sit for a day, repeat)
11) butcher block conditioner (mineral oil and beeswax) 1 or 2 coats (coat, let sit for a day)
Now to figure out how to make 24" by 68" countertops and decide on keep the old sink or find a new one.