Wonderful organic form Scandinavian cutting and serving stand made from a thick cross cut of a tree trunk. Remember that they take away from the usable space on the cutting surface and can sometimes be difficult to clean properly. Made in the USA, this solid 10” thick maple block can handle heavy duty, professional culinary chopping, to the light slicing of recreational cooks. In fact, if I wasn’t moving house soon I wood have ordered a few of those worktops for future use.
While a simple, straight grain makes hard maple beautiful, its durability and resistance to abrasion qualify the wood as an ideal material for butcher block countertop installations. We put this hardwood in our home 5 years ago when we first moved in and it is a very good product that we wanted to extend into the kitchen during this reno versus doing tile as to create a bigger cohesive space on our first floor. The boards were slightly unlevel with each other, and I had wood glue seeping out in areas.
So, my advice is always that if you find something beautiful you love that might require a bit more care than something you don’t love as much, go with what you love. If the intended use of the surface is to prepare and cut food, an oil finish is the only option, as varnished tops cannot be cut on. There are both pros and cons to an oil finished butcher block. Bleach – Sanitize both wood and plastic cutting boards with a diluted chlorine bleach or vinegar solution consisting of one teaspoon of liquid chlorine bleach in one quart of water or a one to five dilution of vinegar.
It was only after I’d done all that that I found out I could have bought a worktop, twice as long as I needed for not much more than I paid for the original wood I used! Now that I have been making them for some time I tend to buy better wood because I don’t mess up very often. Blended-grain counters are similar, but incorporate multiple pieces of wood in each lengthwise span, except for the outermost spans. We will use the panels that were removed for cutting boards on this kitchen counter tops. The type of wood used to construct your butcher block has some impact on both the appearance, sanitation, and its ability to help keep your kitchen knives in tip top shape.
Lacquered or oiled planks of solid hardwood are more commonly found in residential settings. I have three and use one for meat, one for fish and one for veg – the only exception being onions and garlic, for which I use a plastic board. These countertops have an antibacterial surface, which is a wise option for meal preparation. Lacquered or oiled planks of solid hardwood are aesthetically very warm and rich.
From butcher block and island tops to solid wood doors and custom trim, T.L. Stewart strives to provide quality craftsmanship for a fair price, within a realistic time frame. 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. With the grain aligned in this manner (up and down), when the knife strikes the surface during cutting, the grain of the wood actually separates and then closes when the knife is removed. A popular cutting board material, it’s no surprise that bamboo makes a fantastic kitchen countertop.
The wood surface needs an oil that can be repeatedly applied to fill the wood pores and repel food particles, liquids, and oils. Some of the better cutting boards are available with feet and these have their pluses and minuses depending on the thickness and weight of the board. Vintage American industrial work table with butcher block top, galvanized steel shelf, and iron legs. If you are at all like me and appreciate beautiful things, taking care of something lovely is not really a burden at all. Each of these designs offers durability and strength, although the look of each respective countertop will contrast significantly.
All native to the Old World, each of these wood types have some particular outstanding feature, be it hardness, durability or exquisite aesthetics. When a knife is going to be used to cut food on a wooden surface, film-forming finishes must be avoided since the knife will rapidly break down the film on the surface, which will let water, blood and juices seep into the wood. To attach the top to the cabinetry, see the instruction sheet Instructions for installation of your solid wood countertop ”. If it is necessary to join one top to the other, we supply the brackets and drill the holes at the proper places for you.
The edge grain models have wood pieces positioned so that the sides or edges of the wood face upwards, to serve as the surface for cutting. Each type of countertop comes in a number of different thicknesses and in standard widths and lengths. Vegetable oils and/or olive oil are not recommended as they can cause the block to give off a foul odor. Using hot, soapy water and a scrubby sponge or brush, thoroughly clean the surface of your butcher block. My Grandfather was a panel maker, and said, when knocking up strip tables and butchers blocks, the strips were better joined when the wood was not totally smooth plained, it gives a better bite for the glue if the wood was a bit hairy !
Like any cautious person I tested out the Dark Tung Oil on a scrap piece of our butcher block countertop. The wood requires careful placement of your pushsticks on the stock and extreme caution as you cut because a large portion of the stock remains unsupported by the table due to the previously cut angle. This durable, 1” thick Butcher Block will provide years of beauty and functionality as a workspace in your kitchen or garage. This versatile board will become a staple in your kitchen for daily use, but is also suitable for serving that beautiful roast.
It didn’t need to be perfect since I would be doing lots of sanding, but I didn’t want to end up with any really significant height differences from board to board because that would just require even more sanding. While butcher block countertops are used for slicing in many modern kitchens, occasionally they are used simply as a visually appealing surface to prepare meals on. Lots of chefs like to use these countertops, because the strong and stable design is perfect for putting bigger meat cuts on, to be sliced and prepared. Unfinished or oiled butcher blocks are susceptible to cracking or splitting in dry environments.
The wood counters were custom made for us on site by our remodeling contractor with wood my husband selected from a lumber place near our home in Portland, Oregon. Also, butcher block countertops come in a couple of different kinds of finishes. There are woodworkers who swear by beeswax for its shine and protection, and some butcher block recipes involve melting a little wax into the sealing oil. Typically used in furniture construction, cherry is a classic American wood with a subtle red hue that deepens with age.
Although the Food and Drug Administration has long recommended plastic cutting boards, based on the observation that it not as hard to clean plastic as porous wood, new information shows that wood cutting boards are actually safer than the plastic or so-called anti-bacterial kind. Instead of crushing against the wood fibers the blade goes between them much like cutting into a firm brush.
When regularly maintained, these countertops will last for a long time and offer you years of useful service. Hard wood flooring wood is much less pricey than purchasing a solid wood countertop. His blocks (always 4″ at least thick) would be made from wood kept in the boiler room, and be totally dry. Build the cutting board and provide an insert in your island to hold it. It is portable also. However, I don’t really recommend them for lighter and thinner products as it reduces friction between the board and your work surface and could possibly allow them to slide around.