Users' questions

What can I do with old butcher block?

What can I do with old butcher block?

Butcher block is a popular choice for kitchen countertops but we love to see it used in bathrooms as well. A bathroom vanity made from butcher block is a great way to add some extra warmth and interest to the space. Make sure to seal your butcher block to ensure that it remains water-proof for this high traffic area.

Can you use an orbital sander on butcher block?

The only power tool you need for this project is an orbital sander. You can get away without it, if you want to sand your butcher block by hand. It’s food-safe and waterproof, so it’s the perfect sealer for butcher block.

Can butcher block countertops be refinished?

If you have an old, stained, or slightly damaged butcher block kitchen countertop, you can refinish it to make it like new again. The only tools required are sandpaper and mineral oil (a palm sander is optional).

Can butcher block be refinished?

Can you sand and refinish butcher block?

It’s been 2.5 years since we installed our black walnut countertop from CraftArt (more on that here) in our kitchen and this past weekend we took some time to refinish it. The wonderful thing about butcher block is it can be sanded down and made new over and over and over again and it’s a pretty painless process, too.

Can you stain old butcher block countertops?

If you have an old, stained, or slightly damaged butcher block kitchen countertop, you can refinish it to make it like new again. The only tools required are sandpaper and mineral oil (a palm sander is optional). Here are some tips and tricks to refinish the butcher block countertop in your home.

What wood is a butcher block made out of?

maple
True butcher block, made from strips of wood bonded together, serves as a work surface. It is the only countertop material appropriate for slicing and chopping. Most wood countertops are made from maple, though oak, cherry, walnut and teak are also used. Eco-friendly bamboo is gaining popularity.

What grit sandpaper should I use on butcher block?

Sand the wood with coarse 80-grit sandpaper. Coarse sandpaper will remove any prior stains or varnishes from the butcher block, as well as any marks or scratches the wood has on the surface. Sand along the grain of the wood using long strokes.

What sandpaper should I use on a butcher block?

Use a coarse, 60-grit sandpaper or sanding sponge to abrade the discolored wood, but don’t try to get rid of it entirely: Sanding too much in one spot will create a dip. It’s okay to sand across the grain initially, but be sure your final strokes follow the grain.

Can butcher block be stained?

There are two types of wood stain especially suited to finish butcher block countertops. Like an oil-based stain, a water-based stain is available in several colors. One other option is to use wood oil or mineral oil to finish the countertops. The oil soaks into the wood and brings out its natural color.