Butcher Block and Pipes : HomeImprovement

Finish photos. Total build cost was $310. Build time was 4 hours, max. It was very easy and the end result is so versatile! Location is Ohio. My cruddy blueprint is at the end of the photo album (+dog tax).


First, we sanded the block up to 1000 grit. Then, we put a coat of mineral oil. The mineral oil is food safe, so it is a giant cutting board in addition to a kitchen island!


The hardest part was keeping the pipes even and level when assembling, but we mostly eyeballed it and the end result is surprisingly level and sturdy. When the legs were completely put together (after fixing many upside down and crooked parts), we set it on the block and squared up the legs. The outer edge of the flanges are about 2 5/8ths inches from the edge of the block. We marked the screw locations, then used a drill for the 12 screws that attached the flanges to the block. A great tip here is to wrap some painter’s tape around the drill bit to the length of the screw. This will prevent you from drilling too far or through the top of the block.


Lastly, we found guides online that we plan to follow detailing an application plan for the mineral oil: apply a thin coat every day for 1 week, then every week for a month, then every month for a year, then twice a year going forward. You can sand it as needed.


The beauty of the pipe design is that you can mix and match with a variety of pipe attachments and change the number/style of cross bars without removing the flanges. The item list is what we purchased, and we have plenty of left-over pieces to play with. We are considering adding planks across the bottom cross bars to create a shelf. We are also brainstorming how to add a small removable bin to easily scrape food scraps into. In the end, we kept the red plastic end pieces on the leg pipes and added furniture felt pads so it glides around easily. However, you can get fancy with the legs by adding flanges or caster wheels.


Item list:

Item Name (location) # Purchased $ Total
The Baltic Butcher Block 4-ft Unfinished Natural Straight Butcher Block Birch Kitchen Countertop (Lowes) 1 (states 48” long but was actually 50”) 124.99
Southland Pipe 3/4-in x 3-ft 150-PSI Black Iron Pipe (Lowes) 1 11.89
SteelTek 3/4-in 90-Degree Silver Structural Pipe Fitting Tee (Lowes) 10 38.80
Mueller Proline 3/4-in x 3/4-in dia Black Iron Coupling Fitting (Lowes) 6 12.84
Pipe Décor 3/4” x 36” Malleable Cast Iron Pipe Connector Industrial Steel Grey Fits Standard Three Fourth Inch Black Threaded Pipes Nipples and Fittings Build Vintage DIY Furniture 4 Pack (Four Pipes) (Amazon) 1 (set of 4) 44.99
GOOVI 3/4 Inches x 4 Inches Black Malleable Steel Pipe Fitting, 3/4 Inches Black Pipe Threaded Pipe Nipples, Build Vintage DIY Shelving Steampunk Furnitur, 10 Pack. (Amazon) 1 (set of 10, only need 6) 15.99
GeilSpace 6 Pack 3/4″ × 16″ Pre-Cut Black Metal Pipe, Industrial Steel Fits Standard Three Quarters Inch Black Threaded Pipes and Fittings – Vintage DIY Industrial Shelving (3/4″ × 16″, Black) (Amazon) 1 (set of 6, only need 4) 25.99
3/4″ Floor Flange, Home TZH Malleable iron Pipe Fittings for Industrial vintage style, Flanges with Threaded Hole for DIY Project /Furniture/ Shelving Decoration (10 Pack) (Amazon) 1 (set of 10, only need 4) 15.99
Hillman #12 x 1-1/4-in Silver Zinc-Plated Flat Interior Wood Screws (50-Count) (Amazon) 1 (set of 50, only need 12) 5.48
Watco 241758 Butcher Block Oil & Finish, Clear (Amazon) 1 (16 oz/1 pint) + a rag to apply 13.98
TOTAL: $310.94

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