joining the shelf boards
Photo: Ryan Benyi

Step 12: Join the shelf boards.

Lay the long shelf board facedown on your work surface. Use a section of pipe to get the right spacing for the shorter board. Apply glue to the joint between the boards, and clamp the short board in place at your marks. Using your drill/driver, countersink pilot holes, and screw the boards together from the underside of the shelf, as shown, to conceal the fasteners. Use 1-inch No. 10 flat-head screws every 10 inches around the perimeter.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      measuring tape
    • hand clamps
    • straightedge guide
    • Painter's Tape
      painter's tape
    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • random orbit sander
      random-orbit sander with 100-, 120-, and 180-grit discs
    • drill
    • Lag-screw driver bit
      driver bit
    • belt
    • Rafter Square
      rafter square
    • 1/8-inch bit with combination countersink
      -inch bit with countersink
    • combination square
      combination square

    Shopping List

    Butcher-block countertop.
    Get one 25-by-96-inch piece IKEA.
    (Note: The size of the gas pipe has been corrected from the print edition.)

    ½-inch iron threaded pipe.
    Get one 36-incher, six 18-inchers, two 12-inchers, four 6-inchers, six 5-inchers, two 4½-inchers, and six 2-inchers.

    ½-inch iron threaded pipe elbows. Get two.

    ½-inch iron threaded pipe flanges. Get eight.

    ½-inch iron threaded pipe tees. Get 14.

    1x10 oak board. Get one 8-footer.

    Wood glue

    1-inch No. 10 flat-head wood screws for securing the flanges and shelf boards casters. Get four.

    1-inch No. 10 pan-head wood screws for securing the casters


    Mineral oil