We decided a few years back to try our hand at making a counter, so we grabbed some wood — Oak and Maple in this case — and once we determined what the final width had to be we cut the wood into strips and began assembling.
As the picture above shows, we made a fixture of sorts on top of a couple saw horses to hold everything in line during assembly.
Here’s a view showing the order the strips were assembled in….one strip of maple followed by three strips oak. You’ll notice the maple strips are slightly wider than the oak. this was done so that both the inside and outside edges of the finished counter would be maple. As a final touch we added a strip of oak along the bottom edge.
Here’s a shot of me sweeping the dust off it after sanding. Several coats of butcher block oil were applied after it was installed as seen below.