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This is a fairly simple, but \ project. It doesn't cost much, and can be achieved within a weekend.

Butcher blocks in this style have been around for years, and it would make a great gift to anyone fanatical about cooking!

So without further a do, here's how its done!..

The first step is to set a stop block on the chop saw. This is an accurate way of cutting all the blocks that will form the chopping surface, the end grain will point upwards.

I've set it 65mm away from the blade, so each block will be 65mm long.

Here I am cutting the blocks, you can see how the stop block attached to the back fence will determine the length.

Wow - That was quick, after cutting all 32 blocks, arranging them, then clamping them together you will see how its going too look.

Now theese are all loose at the moment, eventually they will be contained in a frame.

This is the perfect stage to take measurements for the frame.

Here I am cutting all the parts for the sides. This will form the frame, I'm making it out of the same material that I made all the blocks from.

Again i'm using the mitre saw for speed and accuracy.

After the 4 sides were cut, I needed to cut a groove on the inside. I'm using the router with a 15mm twin fluted bit to do this, as well as the parallel guide to keep it accurate.
Here you can see the groove, notice it goes from end to end, this will not matter as both the ends will be covered. The next cuts will..
This is the other piece, you can see how it will work, and also you can see how the groove does not go all the way.

I'm attaching this with water proof glue and heavy, long screws, as it will possibly take alot of strain, due to movement of the blocks.

At this point, only attach one end.

Here I'm using the table saw to cut the plywood base, this will fit nicely in our routed groove, and will form a stable, solid base for the blocks.

Now its just a case of sliding the plywood into the grooves, no glue.

If you have measured correctly it should fit snug, but do not fit it too tight as it may need room to move with the wood over time.

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