The Catskill Craftsmen French Country Prep Table with Butcher Block Top is an excellent addition to your kitchen for getting your chopping tasks done faster. Lacquered, veneered hardwood or oiled planks of solid woods such as Hard Maple, Red Oak and Teak are commonly recommended by professional wood countertop fabricators. These cutting surfaces are typically constructed simply by gluing boards together edged to edge just like a wooden table top. We really wanted the floors to be wood to balance out the hardness of stone counters.
Wood countertops typically signal that the homeowner loves nature and the warmth that wood imparts to kitchens. Either style is quite suitable for preparing and serving meals, but if you intend to do much cutting directly on the countertop, you should consider an end-grain counter top instead. As one can readily imagine, it is extremely difficult to process the natural wood into a product that provides the desired uniformity and appearance that customers prefer.
It is extremely important to give your cutting board a good oiling on all surfaces every 3-4 weeks. After you have removed your old countertops re-enforce the corners of your cabinets as you see in the picture below to hold the weight of the plywood and wood flooring. If you take the time to clean and oil your butcher block about once a month, you can be assured it will last a lifetime.
Once sanding is complete, it is recommended to oil your cutting board with Belanger Mystery Oil, or Belanger Block Board Cream with Beeswax. I have actually been in the process of slowly removing and replacing all my wood cutting boards with plastic ones because I was under the impression that wood ones held bacteria and they were breeding grounds for it. I only have one small and one large one left. No matter how great the cook, everything gets taken up a notch with a Larch Wood board!
Coconut Oil: While solid at room temperature (with the consistency of shortening), you can use a hair dryer to warm both the oil and wood as you rub it in. However, any leftover oil on the surface will cool into a waxy coating that shows markings and fingerprints. The first time you seal your butcher block, it may take several applications before it stops drinking” oil, but in later cleanings you’ll just need to refresh it. Keep adding oil until no more soaks in, remove any excess with a cloth, and you’re done!
I have had quite a few readers recently ask me about my wood counters in my old house and if they were difficult to take care of. I love that this kitchen was designed before my blogging days, but it still gets a lot of questions I haven’t officially answered in a post! You should never cut directly on a varnished butcher block as it will scratch the surface causing exposed wood to become vulnerable to further damage.
To kill the germs on your cutting board, use a paper towel to wipe the board down with vinegar, then use another paper towel to wipe it with hydrogen peroxide. I’ve never had IKEA butcher block counter tops so I cannot compare them with these. Tested to stand up to years of use, our kitchen countertops give you lots of choice of both style and material. End grain countertops look like checkerboards, whereas edge grain countertops have a stripey, long appearance. It takes absolutely no craftsmanship or ability to simply screw a rubber tip to the bottom of the board. Butcher block bench tops are kiln dried, electronically glued, then cured and sanded smooth.
It is important to note that Rockhard Maple and a few other closed grained hardwoods are the only suitable woods for cutting board use. Quick and easy: Our in-stock butcher block is available in five different local, sustainable wood options and is sized to fit a standard kitchen cabinet. Also, most butcher block” countertops are manufactured with this method (with some notable exceptions). Decided that for my 1923 California Bungalow counter tops I will do these wood kitchen counters! Also applying Vaseline around the top of your sink should keep any wood stain or polyurethane from sticking to it.