How to make butcher block countertops

How to Make Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher-block countertops have been quite popular choice for kitchen countertops traditionally are are often used as along with other materials, such as solid-surface tops as an excellent companion top. They are famous not only for their aesthetic appearance, but for their sturdiness as well. They can easily receive hot utensils and pans without undergoing any damage. This heat resistant quality makes these butcher block countertops very useful in the kitchen. They are usually installed on the sides of the stoves and cooktops. This design allows placing hot pans or dishes directly from the stove on the countertop to cool.

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If you too want to make your kitchen countertop heat resistant but are not sure how to make butcher block countertops, then don’t worry. The expert kitchen designers at K&B Cabinets have prepared this guide to teach you how to make butcher block countertops. Now you too can build your own butcher block countertop easily from your home. Simply follow this guide to know how.

How to Make Butcher Block Countertops

Measure and Cut Butcher Block

Measure the dimensions of sections of kitchen countertop required using a tape measure. Mark cut lines on the butcher block with a pencil and cut these sections out with the help of a saw or machine saw. Label similar sections to avoid confusion later. 

Rout Edges

You may leave the countertop edges straight or you may rout them for a chic high-end, custom look and soft and chamfered corners. Clamp the countertop sections securely and then rout the edges carefully. You should be careful not to clamp the wood directly as it might leave a dent. Always use a small scrap piece to protect the surface from denting.

Cut Holes for the Plumbing

Once the basic model of the countertop is ready, measure the position and orientation of the sink and faucets and replicate them on the butchered block countertop with the help of a pencil. Make sure that the markings are positioned in the proper locations. Then drill several small holes in the marked area to make room large enough to accommodate a jigsaw blade. Then cut out the remaining portion to fit the sink, faucet and other plumbing necessities.

Fill and Sand

Close any large cuts and holes in the wood with wood filler to provide a completely seal fit. After it has dried, sand the surface of the countertop with an orbital sander, beginning with 150 grit and gradually going up to 220 grit. After the sanding process is done, the countertop should be smooth to touch. Sand off any nicks or loose edges to provide a complete smooth feel.

Apply Finish

Remove the excess dust with a soft cotton cloth. Wipe the entire countertop surface with mineral spirits using a clean cloth to remove any remaining dust particles and also reveal any imperfections. Sand away the imperfections and remove the dust again. Clean work area to make it as dust-free as possible. Then apply a food-safe oil like hemp or mineral oil for finishing. You should apply 7-8 coats of finish and allow sufficient time for each coat to dry out completely. 

Install the Butcher Block Countertop

Once the building and finishing is complete, secure countertop in its place by inserting wood screws to the countertop base. Insert the sink and faucets in the proper positions and seal the holes with wood sealant. 

Your butcher block countertop is ready. Now you can put your hot pans anywhere without worrying about damaging the countertop. Today we have showed you how to make butcher block countertops. Visit K&B Cabinets for more exciting designs and ideas for remodeling your kitchen.