Not long ago I moved into a new place with the worst case of big-kitchen/no-counterspace problem I’ve ever seen. I’m still waiting for the landlord to give me the go-ahead to build cabinets, but that’s been three months now and I’ve grown weary of chopping veggies on the pergo flooring. Maybe it wasn’t that bad, but it was enough motivation to build a butcher block table.
It wasn’t but a few days after preliminary sketches for the table that my girlfriend, Staj, noticed an old butcher block countertop leaning against the front porch (under cover, thankfully) of a neighbors home. Eyeing the construction dumpster out front, I recognized a perfect opportunity to board the reclaimed material train. What you notice about the block is the feathered lamination on the front corner. This accent was not of original intention, but the result of reclamation. The counter had obviously been cut to fit a wall or island and after long deliberating an approach to the missing section, I chased the rising sun. Later, I inlaid to another angled accent to balance the corner.