This was a fun project. It was a donation item I decided to make for my daughter’s preschool. I started off with scrap wood from a countertop I made a while back. These are pre-fabricated to look like butcher block. I then took raw Michigan black walnut from a slab I bought on ebay and cut strips to be used to join the butcher block and finish the edges. I used dowels glued into the butcher block and through the black walnut to join all three pieces together and give the joint strength. I then used the same method to glue the walnut to the edge of the butcher block to give it strength and style. Then it was a lot of sanding and finishing up with a butcher block finish that is safe for food prep.
All in all it was a good project that resulted in a bidding war at the silent auction. It ended up selling for about twice as much as I thought it would and the buyer was so happy to have it.