DIY Butcher-Block Kitchentop

May 19, 2012 · Posted in Home improvement 

Butcher Block Description

Pro butchers have used butcher-block since the ’80s because it’s powerful, cheap and easy to maintain. As result of new innovative developments, it is now reasonable to have butcher block in the kitchen. A butcher-block counter, unlike a normal kitchen counter, lets you prepare food straight on the counter not worrying of harming it or destroying the appearance.

Forms of Butcher Block

Commonly, butcher block kitchen tops are created from solid wood pieces. There are so-called stainless steel “butchertops,” but these are generally only used in professional food prep environments. Majority of butcher-block kitchen tops for the home service any of the end grain or edge grain wood, and any of a varnished or oil finish. The most common types of wood are cherry and American maple. Other available choices are liptus, teak and walnut. Butcher block kitchen tops come in conventional and island style.

End Grain Butcher Block Kitchentop

An end grain butcher block is the classic “true” butcher block due to it is best able to endure the cutting, chopping and dicing. Also, it is the more flexible option. Given that an end grain block is formed by combining wood using glue and staples, the homeowner has many options when it comes to the design and style. If you’re choosing a kitchentop for a very specific kitchen, end grain is the only practical butcher block option.

Edge Grain Butcher Block

An edge grain butcher block, otherwise called as long grain butcher block, is the kind of block used to create the standard cutting board. Edge grain block is produced by gluing numerous slabs of wood along with the edge grain turned up. Edge grain is a great substitute for end grain block, however it’s not nearly as versatile and resistant. However, it’s a lot easier to produce, and therefore less expensive.

Varnished Finish

Typically, butcher blocks were not finished. Varnish is very popular because it looks gorgeous. Furthermore, it’s a lot easier to clean and more resistant to spills, and block with warmish finish presents one of the best kitchen top lifetimes in the market. The downside to a varnished kitchentop is that it cannot be cut on, it is prone to scratching, and it requires refinishing over time.

Oil Finish Butcher Block Kitchen Top

Several pro butcher and chefs like their butcher block in a normal state. An oil finish block is a good bargain. It’s not as attractive as varnish, but it is highly hygienic and makes the surface extremely durable. On the flipside, oiling must be done regularly, and an oiled countertop is prone to staining.

Maintaining a Butcher-Block Kitchentop

All butcher block counter tops, regardless of form, finish or wood, need to be daily maintained in order to guarantee utmost lifetime and splendor. Generally, butcher block should be cleaned daily, and it should be clean thoroughly after any significant food preparation. Both unfinished and oiled blocks can be prone to splitting and cracking in dry environments. The best option is to apply mineral oil once in a month. For varnished block, use only warm water and soap when washing.

Pro butchers have used butcher-block since the ’80s because it’s powerful, cheap and easy to maintain.


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