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Amazing DIY Butcher Block Countertop in our Self Built Home

  • Жарияланды 2022 ж. 22 Сәу.

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  • Ted Heierman
    Ted Heierman 11 ай бұрын +12

    To fill the small gaps, you mix some of the birch wood sand dust with a small amount of wood glue. Use that mixture to fill in the small gaps and then sand to final finish.

  • WarpFactor999
    WarpFactor999 11 ай бұрын +20

    The counter top looks awesome Martin! Well done sir! Something you could still do...I would suggest cutting a radius on the two outside corners on the island. You are going to run your hips into them a lot, and its less painful if you have about a 3-4" radius. You could cut them and then seal the cut areas with your sealant. (Had to do that on my similar counter setup.) Minor detail.

  • Digger
    Digger 11 ай бұрын +15

    You could use a ratchet strap like you use on your trailer to secure items,to join the two worktops. Great videos as usual.

    • WarpFactor999
      WarpFactor999 11 ай бұрын +2

      Yup. Use that method a LOT. Works great. The way you did it works, but is probably a lot more involved. Should not seal the bottom side of the countertop to allow the wood to breathe. Definitely use biscuits or dowels to join the sections.

    • Ben LePage
      Ben LePage 11 ай бұрын

      I was thinking the same thing 🙂

  • Prepper101
    Prepper101 11 ай бұрын +14

    Rumor has it, is that Bob Vila, watches your show to learn how to do home improvements. Carry On!

    • Dee Cee
      Dee Cee 11 ай бұрын +1

      Well said. Hehhehehe

  • Karl Fair
    Karl Fair 11 ай бұрын +9

    Nice layout. Having a bar attached adds to the homeyness. The extra counter space is always welcome.
    Pipe clamps can be as long or as short as you need. I have several they work well.
    You may want to think about putting a radius on the outside corners. People bump into corners.

  • Aaron Dycke
    Aaron Dycke 11 ай бұрын +6

    Your kitchen is going to look beautiful! To clamp the countertops together I recommend cutting out the sink so you can clamp to the hole instead of the full 12 feet across. Keep up the great work!

    • Aaron Dycke
      Aaron Dycke 11 ай бұрын +2

      Never mind, I didn’t finish watching the video. Didn’t realize you already finished it 😂

  • Roxanna Bloom
    Roxanna Bloom 11 ай бұрын +2

    You guys are doing amazing work! The counter tops are so pretty. I can't wait to see it all done!

  • Darlene Douglas
    Darlene Douglas 11 ай бұрын

    You've done a great job on the countertops!! I can't believe what a huge difference it's made!!

  • Russell Watters
    Russell Watters 11 ай бұрын +1

    Wow! That countertop looks as if a professional cabinet maker made it! Are you not telling us something? Lol. Looking awesome as always, coming together nicely, love what you're doing ❤️

  • Ambition Strikes
    Ambition Strikes 11 ай бұрын +7

    Spoiler: Riley did in fact put our biscuits in the slots... but not because you told him to. 😉
    The kitchen is looking amazing. We can't wait to enjoy dinner in it with you soon!

  • Mrs Dutch
    Mrs Dutch 11 ай бұрын +3

    The kitchen is coming together nicely. I LOVE the countertops! ❤

  • Darlene Thompson
    Darlene Thompson 11 ай бұрын +3

    Your home is coming together nicely. Your attention to detail shows in each process.

  • Rhonda Brown
    Rhonda Brown 11 ай бұрын +4

    This was such a fun video to watch! Great job in the kitchen! I love the butcher block!!

  • Melissa Malzahn
    Melissa Malzahn 11 ай бұрын

    What a beautiful countertop, love it and your layout is fantastic. I really do love the sink cabinet, gorgeous.

  • honey B
    honey B 11 ай бұрын

    Love how it’s turning out! We are a couple of steps behind you on our house Used your lipstick trick for the first time today and it worked like a charm 🥰

  • Andy L
    Andy L 11 ай бұрын

    Using painters tape also helps prevent a cut from chipping. With the claps you can tie one clamp into the other clamp without drilling hole or taking the end off, just connect one end to the other end and then tighten them down.

  • Tristan Salerno
    Tristan Salerno 11 ай бұрын

    Looks awesome mate. Been watching closely with your off grid house and we down here in Australia are looking to do a very similar thing keep up the great work.

  • Gary Taylor
    Gary Taylor 11 ай бұрын +1

    To clamp the sections together, you could hot glue some blocks on either side of the seams, clamp the countertop together, then use a hair dryer to soften the hot glue when you want to remove the clamp blocks.

  • Ben LePage
    Ben LePage 11 ай бұрын +2

    It's Looking amazing guys! I can't wait to see it with all of the appliances in and flooring done.

  • Joshua Murphy
    Joshua Murphy 11 ай бұрын

    You guys are doing an amazing job! Keep it up!

  • Angie
    Angie 11 ай бұрын +1

    Wow! That's a beautiful countertop. You guys are doing a great job. Love watching.

  • Steve A
    Steve A 11 ай бұрын +2

    Seal/fill the knots with clear epoxy, sand smooth, then put poly right over the top of the epoxy. Looks really good and it's smooth!

  • Ray h
    Ray h 11 ай бұрын +2

    Looks great guys...! We have a butcherblock Island I put together with some cabinets from Lowes and we love it as you will too...! Y'all couldn't of done anything better imo guys...Nice work.!!

  • Alysia Christensen
    Alysia Christensen 11 ай бұрын

    The counter top looks amazing and I love the wood!

  • Sharon Haynes
    Sharon Haynes 11 ай бұрын

    The counter looks great. Great job Martin.

  • Mitch
    Mitch 11 ай бұрын

    Love the butcher block counter tops. Keep up the great work.

  • bncsmom1
    bncsmom1 11 ай бұрын

    That's a beautiful countertop! Great job! :)

  • Steven Peck
    Steven Peck 11 ай бұрын

    Hi Guys, that counter is going to look 'NEW' for about one minute in use. In my dad's butcher shop we did all out cutting on butcher block and cleaned it with saw dust and a wire brush. Once every five years we had the blocks re-cut flat.

  • George & Agatha Giesbrecht
    George & Agatha Giesbrecht 11 ай бұрын

    You guys are doing an amazing job 🙏🏻🤓

  • Will Wipf
    Will Wipf 11 ай бұрын

    I've watched you folks do stuff that makes me feel squimish ,but you always end up making it look professional,love that butcher block,

  • Paul Bruni
    Paul Bruni 11 ай бұрын +1

    Looks great guys. Nice clamp mod. Two comments. You might want to check your local elec. code on dishwasher outlet location. The NEC states that the outlet needs to be accessible w/o removing the appliance. Here in California they are always placed in an adjacent cabinet. Putting a 6’ appliance whip on the DW will give you plenty of reach to plug in. Also, laying down a wide section of blue painters tape B4 an end cut will eliminate the splintering on end cuts. Cheers.

  • Mark Atteberry
    Mark Atteberry 11 ай бұрын

    Good job guys. The counters look beautiful

  • Elaine A.
    Elaine A. 11 ай бұрын

    Love the counter top. Looks amazing

  • Lou Cinci
    Lou Cinci 11 ай бұрын

    Pro-tip with flipping wood over so you don't get tear out. Could also use blue tape or score with utility knife. Looks great. Awesome clamping rig up. Thanks for sharing

  • Amy
    Amy 11 ай бұрын +1

    Absolutely beautiful ya'll! I love it!

  • Larry Kelly
    Larry Kelly 11 ай бұрын

    Wonderful install on the cabinets and countertops.

  • Ilona Katalin Dako-Tolman
    Ilona Katalin Dako-Tolman 11 ай бұрын +1

    Gorgeous kitchen 💫🥰 soft motivating color, space, closets, corners, eating or all else area, space around, the gorgeous window with the view of the beautiful nature that makes working so much more pleasant ... it all makes it a place you enjoy working in the kitchen and with the family around....wonderful🤗

    • dorothy allen
      dorothy allen 11 ай бұрын

      It’s going to be a great apartment rental unit! I’m glad you are going to enjoy it first.

  • Rita Firestone
    Rita Firestone 11 ай бұрын

    I absolutely love the countertops. You will be living in there soon. I have loved watching youbuild.

  • Virgil Bowman
    Virgil Bowman 11 ай бұрын

    The countertop looks fantastic!!!!

  • david Stoddard
    david Stoddard 10 ай бұрын

    to join the counter tops together you can use suction cups clamps and that works reallly well.

  • VaughanGuitars
    VaughanGuitars 2 ай бұрын

    Couple of ways to clamp and glue your countertop joints. You can buy the clamps for formica countertops and mortise the joint on the bottom, or simply clamp a top and bottom 2 x 4 across the countertop and clamp to the 2 x 4's on each side. I would also use a plate jointer with biscuits to keep your joint level as you glue.

  • Tom G
    Tom G 11 ай бұрын

    The house is coming together nicely.

  • MegaWingman7
    MegaWingman7 11 ай бұрын

    Another way to clamp would be to temporarily attach clamping cauls on either side of the seam with CA glue on top of painters tape. This would let you use normal size small clamps. You can also take some of he fine sawdust from your sander bag mixed with wood glue to fill small cracks and voids then sand when dry.

  • Mark Holmes
    Mark Holmes 11 ай бұрын

    Butcher block counter looks great, nice job ✌🏼❤️🙏🏼

  • Tony Leverett
    Tony Leverett 11 ай бұрын

    Marin/Julie, there are are bolts designed specifically for joining sections of worktop called surprisingly, worktop connectors. Home Depot call them miter bolt kits, and cost just under 11 bucks.

  • Mike Jarvis
    Mike Jarvis 11 ай бұрын

    The Countertops are looking good. I still miss your videos every day. That would be crazy to keep up with I just enjoy you guys.

  • GOd'sMan
    GOd'sMan 11 ай бұрын +5

    Here in the UK the professionals would cut an I shape in the counter top, it is classic style so it has a top and a bottom on the I and then they insert bolts into the slot they have cut meaning they don't have to use any clamps, bolted and glued together.

  • terence tyndall
    terence tyndall 11 ай бұрын +1

    You could have used pipe clamps and black pipe they work really good - and any length of pipe that you need to make it.

  • Carlos Llanes
    Carlos Llanes 11 ай бұрын


  • mark smith
    mark smith 11 ай бұрын

    A home is looking better when cabinets and work tops go in, well done guy's

  • Richard Dietl
    Richard Dietl 11 ай бұрын

    Marty, the countertop looks incredible.

  • John Herlache
    John Herlache 11 ай бұрын +1

    You could have used pipe clamps for 12’ you could have used a 10’ and 3’ pieces of pipe coupled together. I also noticed you receptacle for the dishwasher should be put in the cabinet next to the dishwasher and the receptacle under the snack bar should be on a separate circuit from the dishwasher. I love your videos. I found you page last summer and binge watched to catch up. Now I can’t wait till Saturday to watch you new video. Keep up the good work

  • Douglas Morton
    Douglas Morton 10 ай бұрын

    FYI... To prevent chipping on your cuts you can score the cut line with a razor knife first, (favoring the good edge). It works well. A bit of glue and fine saw dust from what you sanded fills gaps and will take stain, (whereas wood glue doesn't). If you have a dishwasher that front vents upwards, you might want to seal that under counter area really well. The steam can expand the grain of the wood and swell it. Even some aluminum tape under the top and held back from the face edge so that you can't easily see it can act as a moisture barrier to prevent swelling. That's a really nice finish on that top!!! Nice work Folks!!! 👍👍

  • Art Fisher
    Art Fisher 11 ай бұрын +2

    May be too late, but I’d consider rounding the corners on the end of the bar that sticks out past the cabinet. I’m the type that would catch my hip on it walking by.

  • Jay Masaitis
    Jay Masaitis 11 ай бұрын

    Yall did an awesome job, looks great

  • Kevin Glennie
    Kevin Glennie 11 ай бұрын

    If you want to fill any gaps in your worktops, use the sawdust from your sander, mix with a bit of glue, add like a paste to the gap, let it dry, then sand over it.

  • shop Art
    shop Art 11 ай бұрын

    I would use a Kreg jig the best part is no clamps needed. As for buying the tool Kreg has many more uses then a biscuit jointer. Another glue up option is to use two or three dibs of hot glue to give a more instant stick untill the wood glue sets up.
    Loved the wire option you came up with, I’ll use that idea in the future. If safety Sally approves!!

  • James Boris
    James Boris 11 ай бұрын

    The butcher block looks great nice job

  • Mr. Modules
    Mr. Modules 11 ай бұрын

    we are currently renovating our kitchen, from wiring to new benchtops. Something that jumped at me to ask. Since you raised one of the cabinets, are there kickboards to match the new height or do you have a 'Marty Method' :)

  • Ricebarn and rooms
    Ricebarn and rooms 11 ай бұрын

    Looks great ❤. I good idea to use next time when you have small gaps, mix the sawdust with the wood glue and force it in then sand.

  • Ralph Norman
    Ralph Norman 11 ай бұрын

    Pocket screws on the bottom SEEMS like a good way to pull the counter parts together

  • Joan Lenhard
    Joan Lenhard 11 ай бұрын

    Fantastic kitchen cabinets great refinishing job

  • Annette Pilgrim
    Annette Pilgrim 11 ай бұрын


  • Billy Haddock
    Billy Haddock 11 ай бұрын

    Congrats guy's getting the cabnet's mounted and the countertops looks great.. lv ur videos.. Great Job..

  • Scott Danielson
    Scott Danielson 11 ай бұрын

    It looks really nice it’s coming along awesome

  • Jim Brust
    Jim Brust 11 ай бұрын

    I think the tool you are looking for are called pipe clamps. Their length is based on the length of pipe that is used between the actual clamps.

  • shop Art
    shop Art 11 ай бұрын +1

    A very sensible kitchen layout on the cooking side and what everyone needs / wants a large counter top over all. As for the dishwasher when rinsing dishes and transferring to the dishwasher either the floor or the counter top will get wet.

    • shop Art
      shop Art 11 ай бұрын

      @Jim Maher
      What ever, we tend to have a very clean kitchen and a very clean dishwasher. And after years of building homes I have never seen a dishwasher anywhere except next to the sink.

    • Jim Maher
      Jim Maher 11 ай бұрын

      The solution to that is don't rinse the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
      If you wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher then what does the dishwasher do?😄

  • Johnny Eric
    Johnny Eric 11 ай бұрын +1

    I originally came to this channel for a little solar system guidance. If you keep this up, I'll be selling my house in the burbs and building a cabin in the woods somewhere.

  • Georgia K
    Georgia K 11 ай бұрын

    it's coming together nicely. so exciting!

  • Ryan Grissom
    Ryan Grissom 11 ай бұрын

    Super glue and blue tape and add clamping blocks on either side of the seems. You can then use standard clamp lengths. Just don't apply to much pressure so it doesn't pop the tape off.

  • Andrew Pinson
    Andrew Pinson 11 ай бұрын

    For your long clamps cut some plywood strips - coat strips with polyurethane - and insert into inside of bars. Makes them at least 50% stronger. See Paul Sellers video on doing that. I have about forty assorted clamps like that and am very pleased doing that.

  • RonInIowa
    RonInIowa 11 ай бұрын

    credit to the videographer in this episode. Some really creative shots this week Julie

  • VaughanGuitars
    VaughanGuitars 2 ай бұрын

    Hi Martin, on the countertop, Cutting the edge where the joint is at, If you take a razor knife and pre scour the cut line since it is a cross grain cut it will not splinter the wood as the saw cuts. Leaves a splinter free edge. Again thanks for the great videos

  • Benjamin Santa
    Benjamin Santa 11 ай бұрын

    You could always use pocket screws to pull the joints together.

  • I'm Just Saying...
    I'm Just Saying... 11 ай бұрын

    since you installed your cabinets before your flooring; you'll need to keep the area below your dishwasher bare like under the cabinets, otherwise, you'll have an issue of your dishwasher fitting under the butcher block counter top. The tolerances between the height of a dishwasher and a standard countertop is roughly 3/16ths of an inch in order for the manufacturers mounting bracket to fit under the countertop. Therefore, most contractors will install flooring under the lower cabinets.

  • Domnu' Cartof
    Domnu' Cartof 11 ай бұрын

    After applying the glue and inserting the biscuits, instead of the clamps you could have used pocket screws on the underside of the counter and those would hold the joint closed while the glue is drying and also reinforce the joint. Maybe I am wrong but in my opinion that would work as well.

  • Victor Martin
    Victor Martin 11 ай бұрын

    I would use bar clamps. Cheap and you can use the black pipe to make it as long as needed.

  • Thayne Rich
    Thayne Rich 11 ай бұрын

    They make draw bolts used for joining preformed laminate counter tops. They would work for this purpose.

  • Mamy Raharimanantsoa
    Mamy Raharimanantsoa 11 ай бұрын

    Looks great! Good progress.

  • James Horrocks
    James Horrocks 11 ай бұрын

    You can glue clamping blocks to the counter. You could use straps. You could use pocket screws from the bottom.

  • Riskyfunseeker
    Riskyfunseeker 11 ай бұрын

    I would use counter top joiners that you router into the underside of the counter top. I personal use a ratchet strap joined to itself to clamp large projects.

  • rebecca munoz
    rebecca munoz 11 ай бұрын

    I love it you guy's did a wonderful job 🤗❤👍

  • eddie watson
    eddie watson 10 ай бұрын

    you did a great job looks so good

  • Velmad5 Dilbert
    Velmad5 Dilbert 11 ай бұрын

    Wow Marty. This looks awesome i love it.

  • Jim Stelfox
    Jim Stelfox 11 ай бұрын

    I used a sash clamp that fits onto a length of wood, so you can have a clamp with it’s length is determined by your piece of wood

  • Herb Ostenkamp
    Herb Ostenkamp 11 ай бұрын

    I’ve made hundreds of cutting boards. A great trick for hiding gaps in those seams is to squirt some glue down and brush some of your sanding dust in. Then sand it. In many cases, the gap will disappear.

  • Liz Regan
    Liz Regan 11 ай бұрын

    So nice.. love the Butcher Block. The only thing that would work for me would be to hire you to install it.

  • Milton Hurd
    Milton Hurd 11 ай бұрын

    What are you doing to keep the countertop overhang from tipping? I realize one end is connected to the rest of the counter (along the outside wall). The concern is that when the college kid comes home and decides to sit on the countertop, there may not be enough support to keep it from pulling the cabinet away from the floor. Just curious...

  • Glen Levenhagen
    Glen Levenhagen 11 ай бұрын

    Just a suggestion on the back side of the lazy Susan cabinet... frame out a cabinet door for storage access. Butcher block looks nice!

  • Rob Lynch
    Rob Lynch 11 ай бұрын

    For the counter gluing. I’d suggest ratchet straps the pull them together. 2 or 3 should do.

  • Ice Man003
    Ice Man003 11 ай бұрын

    Martin, I think you kept the sink base so you can annoy the OCD haters! I love it!

  • bmckinn1
    bmckinn1 11 ай бұрын

    You can take two and hook them against eachother to clamp large things. I would imagine you could use that method with more clamps is needed to get them longer. Or you could just get large pipe clamps

  • Bob Burns
    Bob Burns 11 ай бұрын

    You have become quite a craftsman with your lovely assistant. Fine job

  • Plrbear98
    Plrbear98 11 ай бұрын

    The other way a lot of woodworkers do it is the blue tape trick. Put the tape on the counter and a scrap block of wood. Put superglue on the blue tape and stick together (tape superglued to tape. This will hold for clamping.

  • Lisa Littlefield
    Lisa Littlefield 10 ай бұрын

    Love the counter top.

  • Sandra Van Lankvelt
    Sandra Van Lankvelt 11 ай бұрын

    From a mom's point of view if you have little kids that are counter top height they could hit one of two of those corners on the breakfast bar especially if the kid is on the run. Is there any way to round those corners a bit??? Even when we had our granite installed I asked them to round corners and I am so glad they did. Love the butcher block counters they are gorgeous.