Published on November 12th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Nick’s butcher block work top

Nick, an automotive technician in Wilton CT USA, was looking for a work surface top for his toolbox. Shopping around, he found a stainless steel one for almost $800, a butcher block one for about $500. For $129 he bought a Numerar countertop at Ikea and only had to cut it for depth. And now he has a butcher block work surface.

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9 Responses to Nick’s butcher block work top

  1. mingming says:

    ery good idea, i will definitely try this creative hack.

  2. WOW i wish my guy had this in his garage…what a difference this makes.

    Jen Ramos
    ’100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards & More’

  3. Anime says:

    very good idea, i will definitely try this creative hack.

  4. sybaritic says:

    It’s a worktop, I wouldn’t be too worried about stains…

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  6. Robj98168 says:

    Great idea! This is one of those hacks I can use in the future!

  7. Keter says:

    I hope he sealed it well: the oil on the Numerar is not sufficient to turn away penetrating stains. I put one of these around a cooktop, but before I installed it, I sanded off the existing oil finish (a must do), stained it with penetrating stain, and applied three coats of GymSeal (an industrial-grade wood floor coating, thus the name). Works perfectly.

  8. Umbrae says:

    Looks great – and something is just awesome about using your own tools to create a space to use your tools.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This looks fantastic! We have really wanted a work bench in our garage but have limited space – this is a great alternative that we will definitely look into. The castors keep it even more versatile! Thanks.

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