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Phase 2: Hickory Butcherblock Table

Last updated 2018-06-28 - Send Feedback
Related: iMac, Mercedes Sprinter

This page speaks to proposed desk/table in Phase 2.

Shown below is a 48 X 29 X 1.5 inch HICKORY EDGE GRAIN BUTCHER BLOCK COUNTERTOP for my table/desk finished in Acrylic Urethane Flat 5-10 sheen—lovely. Great prices and top grade quality from https://www.hardwood-lumber.com—the table arrived in flawless condition. And they’ll do custom work too.

Quality from hardwood-lumber.com is terrific at a very reasonable price given the custom work. The shipping was relatively expensive as it is very heavy (~125 pounds) and had to ship half way across the country.

I’ve seen many fancier Sprinter interiors, but I have yet to see anything of this quality, usefulness strength, durability and beauty. Most Sprinter installs minify everything so there are no good working surfaces. [And you can be sure the particle board crap that is installed in most Sprinters is about 1/10 as strong and with annoying sharp edges.]

I wanted something beautiful in my Sprinter (if only just one thing!) and this is it. I challenge anyone to show me a better looking table of similar size that can support 500 pounds and mount dual 2000W power inverters under it, and so on. Plus, I had a round hole drilled at table rear (not shown) so that cables can pass through with less cable mess.

ADF Sprinters custom fabricated the powder-coated steel legs (front only) and a heavy duty aluminum rear support. The table itself weighs roughly 125 pounds— hickory is the hardest and densest American hardwood. And yet I have already put a few dents into it by metal objects falling onto it. Other woods would surely dent far more easily.

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48 X 29 X 1.5 inch HICKORY EDGE GRAIN BUTCHER BLOCK COUNTERTOP as installed in Lloyd’s 2017 Mercedes Sprinter
48 X 29 X 1.5 inch HICKORY EDGE GRAIN BUTCHER BLOCK COUNTERTOP pricing and specifications

Key considerations:

  • The space betwen the mattress (atop the Yeti cooler) and the table edge is not useful when open; the pillow tends to slide into gap. Plus the iMac 5K is jammed right to the edge of the table at left. Making the table 48 inches wide addresses that issue. Dimensions: 48 X 29 X 1.5".
  • Table surface height must precisely right (TBD, but probably 29 or 30 inches high).
  • Tabletop has been ordered in hickory with bullnose edges (except rear) and 4" radius all corners. Install in late March. Optical mouse pre-tested and OK on hickory.
  • Table legs must be strong, but no exposed metal: metal is very uncomfortable on flesh when sub-freezing. UPDATE: I changed my mind on this and went with powder-coated steel so that I can magnet-on things to the table legs. If they become cold, I can wrap cloth or something around them.
  • Legs should be inset somewhat (~5 inches), not too close too cornes of table. Left front leg serves as barrier to tripods rolling around.
  • Mount table at wall in sorbothane-lined groove to isolate vibration? Yes, this was done.
  • Should there be 1/2" sorbothane under table legs and at connection at wall? To reduce vibration on table, including with idling engine. No, not done. Just bolted on rock solid.
    Isolate on wall side for vibration?
  • Does the table abut the wall exactly or have a slight standoff? Fits tightly but the metal is curved there.
  • REMOVE the AC outlets seen on the wall; these get in the way and the battery needs to go there.
Existing temporary table 44 X 30 X 0.75 inches

Reasoning it out

This stuff before I had the table settled on.

The 44-inch length of the temporary table has proven to be a bit too short for both the iMac 5K and the NEC PA302W 30-inch display, forcing the iMac almost off the table. Also, the pillow tends to slide forward into the gap.

Extend the table by 4 inches to 48" long to address both issues. At the rear near van wall, consider 6-inch-wide by 12-inch deep cutout to allow access to space there.

REMOVE the AC outlets seen on the wall; these get in the way and the battery needs to go there.

Existing temporary table 44 X 30 X 0.75 inches
Wall outlets to be removed

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