I got a call from a friend who has a beautiful old butcher block that he wants to use in his kitchen. It's 30" square and 11" thick. It weighs a TON! Well, not quite that much, but he estimates about 250 lbs or so. The problem is that the base was damaged and not usable. We talked a bit about what he wanted and I got busy on Sketchup. I'm going to use 4/4 maple and glue up the legs and they will be 3-1/2" square when done. I'm going to mortise and tenon the top rail pieces and put visible dowels in them. The shelf will be 1" thick and mortised into the legs too. This thing is going to be SOLID!
I just emailed him pics of the drawings I did. If he likes it, I'll give him a price and get started if it's a go. I can't wait, this one's gonna be nice!