Kitchen Island Butcher Block

Are you considering a kitchen renovation or refreshing your old countertops? Made to order are these Beautifully hand crafted butchers block tables to include table, 3x rustic pot crates and 2x dovetailed drawers. The most interesting aspect of Tung Oil is that it has a very high drying power, meaning that it will penetrate the wood, dry and harden completely within the wood fibers. For adhesive, I’d use Titebond 3. In cherry or maple, I’d just buy it. Those are both stock species for Boos block. More durable than regular cutting boards, these end-grain boards look beautiful on your countertop.

Ever since we introduced our line of hardwood butcher blocks last fall, they’ve been flying out the warehouse and into homes and businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest. I’ve calculated the numbers of a 14″ x 14″ using 2 boards and I counted the 17 boards in your cutting board 14″ long and I think it would take at least 2-10′ boards to make this with the kerfs and all. Dry and remove water from every side of the butcher block completely using a clean, soft dish rag or towel.

I also stained the wood dark brown to pull out the darkest stripe of our zebra wood cabinet doors, so I don’t know how much that may have altered the results of the oil finish. Instead of crushing against the wood fibers the blade goes between them much like cutting into a firm brush. If there’s anything we hate seeing, it’s a nice beautiful board with a crack down the middle, so we always recommend a true butcher block for a serious chef. Instead, use a thin, flexible cutting mat that can be placed on top of your cutting board whenever you’re handling raw meat. A kitchen worktop block is the cheapest option and this is adequate for many small kitchens.

I used Titebond to make the countertops for my house and haven’t had any problems with it, though it’s only been about 3 years. Typically used in furniture construction, cherry is a classic American wood with a subtle red hue that deepens with age. Protect the surface of your butcher block by applying a coat of Williamsburg’s food grade mineral oil monthly or as often as needed.

Hello, We doubled up on the oak around the sink to create the thick butcher block look. We make our wood butcher block countertops using 1” strips glued together running the full length of the top. Use a paper towel saturated with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and gently swipe it across the butcher block to complete the disinfection process. It is important to note that Rockhard Maple and a few other closed grained hardwoods are the only suitable woods for cutting board use. The wood used for kitchen trolleys or worktop blocks is usually maple, teak, oak, beech, rubber, liptus, cherry or walnut, but bamboo blocks are not uncommon.

Sprague Woodworking recommends that your top be fastened down with wood screws that penetrate at least one half the thickness of your top. Wood is porous and will soak up water causing the cutting board to crack when it dries. Prolonged contact with water can cause the grain of the wood to raise slightly (the surface may appear or feel slightly textured or fuzzy”, rather than smooth). I made a cutting board from the square of counter that i cut out to fit a sink. Butcher block countertops that use the edge grain method have wood rails placed parallel to each other in a horizontal pattern. It will soak into the wood and the next morning you can wipe off any excess oil.

No, you don’t, especially if you own a board made from high density wood such as maple, cherry or birch, which are naturally highly resistant to marking. See how this reader used stock cabinets-trimmed, painted and topped with a wood counter-to create a custom DIY kitchen island. Press wood filler into any holes with finger (Image 1). Wipe away excess with a clean, slightly damp cloth (Image 2). Allow it to dry. For helpful tips & instructions; Please go to our web site through the Flooring 101 web pages for easy installation, Type in -Butcher Block -.

This is why there are even some softwoods that are used for making butcher blocks, as the benefit of end grain surpasses the benefits of using a hardwood with edge grain. If you’re searching for a piece of furniture, such as a butcher block table or island, you can narrow your choices based on length, width or height. Conversion Varnish is a excellent choice for wood counter tops that will NOT be used as a cutting surface.


For natural plant oils or mineral oil, spread an even coating of oil over every part of the butcher block. A popular cutting board material, it’s no surprise that bamboo makes a fantastic kitchen countertop. However, if you have a large kitchen and the cash to spare, it’s certainly worth buying yourself a stunning trolley block. I tried a second coat and it made it even blotchier, so I switched to whatever product is that Ikea sells for countertops. If that’s too thick for you, you can buy any size boards and rip them down to size using a table saw. With bigger, heavier butcher blocks or cutting boards, it’s not so much an issue.

A superb Dining Table made from solid oak with a fantastic butcher block top surface design. Over the years, our customers have asked us to build solid wood counter tops for many of their custom projects. Be aware that the wood will require (and absorb) less oil every coat as it becomes more and more saturated. But before I can install the wainscoting, I needed to know the exact height of the vanity with the countertop. Spray your butcher block with undiluted white vinegar and allow the vinegar to completely soak into the surface.

The block has two wheels at the base for ease of movement around your kitchen, and two shelves, which are perfect for storing fruit, vegetables or (our favourite) wine. You name it; we carry it – everything from basic, small end-grain maple bread or cheese boards to mid-size cherry or walnut serving boards to large cutting boards used by professional chefs. I would move the clamp down the boards as I worked my way down to the other side.

The boards were slightly unlevel with each other, and I had wood glue seeping out in areas. Vintage American industrial work table with butcher block top, galvanized steel shelf, and iron legs. Yesterday I went to the home supply store, bought a sanding block… then to Walmart for the laxative” mineral oil, and with just a little elbow grease my butcher block is simply glowing today. Where the square’s have been glued together are separating I love the cutting board and really don’t want to get rid of it. Original Wood Finish will contains beeswax and will provide a more matte, antique style finish.

Use the same measurements for the oak except add on 1 1/2″ on the sides for your counter top overhang, now cut the oak boards to those measurements. I recently had a huge maple butcher block installed in my kitchen after reading your wonderful blog. THE PIECE THAT WE CUT OUT FOR THE SINK IS OUR SEPERATE CUTTING BOARD THAT SITS ON THE ISLAND. Plus, we eat directly off the countertop to keep our family regular, if you know what I mean. We did this because this huge island in our current home is the main place where the entire family eats mosts meals on a daily basis.

Trust me, it’s much easier to remove Sharpie from mineral-oiled butcher block than Waterloxed walnut. It’s kind of funny, just a few nights ago my husband and I were saying that even a couple years after using the countertops we still absolutely love them! And each time I clamped the boards, before I added the screws, I would stick my hand under the boards and feel to be sure that the boards were lining up flush with each other on the top side of the countertop. Ah, my old friend the cutting board, the heavy, wooden butcher block cutting board.

I am going to do this, with two changes: I am going to stagger the boards at the corners to create a sort of herringbone effect, and also do a slight angle on the top of the trim piece to give it an easier time in blending together the plank and the trim – I am not so good at seamlessly attaching end trim as you are, Maggie! Your Butcher Block Conditioner is the only finish we apply to the toys that we manufacture. Regular oiling is a vital step in maintaining your butcher block, since all wood dries out over time and can eventually split if neglected. The common feature is, of course, the wooden butcher block or slab itself, and this is found in one of three varieties.

It’s not often used as a butcher block, but Tigerwood is the hardest species on this list and would undoubtedly make a strong, lasting design statement in any kitchen. The sturdy construction of these countertops allows them to be ideal surfaces for food preparation – including cutting and dicing food directly on the countertop – and to stand up to the heavy, everyday use that happens naturally in the busiest room in any home. Not only has the block been cleaned, it’s been sanitized with a non-chemical method. To start putting the countertop together, I first arranged my boards, right side up, just like I’d want them to appear on the countertop.

Never use any vegetable or cooking oils to treat or finish a cutting surface, as in time the wood will reek of a rancid spoiled oil odor. Finally food grade mineral oil, sold as butchers block oil should be used for oiling the block once every four weeks. Letting the butcher block dry out because of a lack of oil is the top cause of problems with butcher block.

Butcher block can be made out of nearly any wood—or any combination of woods—configured with its grain showing on the flat, on the edge, or on the end. You’ll find trolley island blocks and kitchen top blocks in plenty of pub kitchens, hotel kitchens and restaurants. I wanted to let you know how important your Butcher Block Conditioner is to me and my business. But bear in mind that different species of wood react to humidity and wear differently so keep the different species as close to the same hardness as you can.