Are you thinking about remodeling your kitchen? If yes, one of the first things that you should put on your list (either to-do or to-buy) is a kitchen countertop. Replacing your old and worn out countertop would definitely give your kitchen a brand new look.
So you’re thinking, what could you use as a countertop? Stone? Granite? Tiles? Why not a butcher block?
A butcher block is a durable work surface that’s made from wood cuts glued together to form a thick slab. It’s reliable, sturdy, and can last a very long time as a cutting board, counter or tabletop.
There are three styles of butcher block. There’s the flat grain, the edge grain and the end grain. Flat grain is made of boards laid flat, and their full widths form a streamlined surface. Since it’s prone to marks, it’s not that popular as a kitchen working surface.
Edge grain is the more popular choice, being durable, stable, and inexpensive. End grain, meanwhile, is the strongest and also most expensive. It’s ideal for cutting, as you won’t see the knife marks.
Butcher blocks are made with any type of wood. But most commonly used are maple, cherry, red oak, bamboo, zebrawood and wenge.
If you do decide to go for the butcher block, there are two important things that you need to know.
First, it’s better to use unsealed wood finished with oil. Sealed wood is not ideal for use in food preparation. Second, the best way to maintain a butcher block is to oil it every six months. This will protect the wood and keep it from rotting and losing its rich color.
Since different woods require different oil finish, you should follow the instructions that comes with the butcher block regarding this matter. It’s also a must to avoid using cooking oil. This can damage wood. Remove burns, marks and scratches with fine sandpaper before oiling.
Want to know more about butcher blocks? Check out this post below which tells you how to make and stain your own.