Basics of Finishing Butcher Block

Hardwood Butcher Block is a popular countertop choice because of its durability and timeless design features. It’s important to know that your butcher block should stay in the plastic covering to reduce the chance that moisture will cause problems before you’re ready to begin the finishing process.

For the longest-lasting butcher block countertops, a simple maintenance plan should be in place. Unlike other countertop choices, butcher block can be sanded and refinished to new if there are any issues.

We formulated a set of Gel Stains that we feel compliment our wood species. These are only available from Home Depot Online.

Hardwood Reflections Espresso Gel Stain

Follow these basic butcher block finish tips on your first installation.

Cut your piece to size first. Measure twice, cut once as they say!

Decide which is the B side – this side will have natural knots and may have minor chips or wood cracks. Naturally, there is a “b” side.

Decide which is the A side – This is the desirable side that you’ll use for your countertop. Use a heavy grit sandpaper until fine and smooth, then use a light grit sandpaper for the final sanding. Wipe the wood with a damp paper towel to remove any excess sawdust.


Hardwood Reflections Butcher Block Basic Finishing Techniques


If you’d like to stain your piece, apply the stain first. Apply the stain per the manufacturer’s recommendations, there are no “special” needs for your Hardwood Reflections Butcher Block – just treat it like you would a regular piece of wood.

Watch as John and Jake go over other finishes in this video:


For kitchen and food safe needs

For an entire article of helpful food safe needs read it here. We don’t recommend using a stain on any pieces that need to be food safe. You will want to use mineral oil or beeswax to finish. This will be a process of 4 coats minimum and it will need ample time to dry. Depending on the humidity levels, it may take 2 to 3 days for it to be completely dry. Mineral oil is our recommendation. It keeps well for maintenance coats and is generally available at any hardware store.


Gel Stains for Butcher Block Customization

With six colors to choose from you can easily customize your Butcher Block Countertop with your favorite stain color. Hardwood Reflections Gel Stains are designed specifically for butcher block or other interior wood products that require a very high-end finish for an area of heavy use.

Build an Acacia LIVE EDGE Butcher Block Kitchen Island

Learn how to add a unique look to your kitchen countertop or island with Hardwood Reflections Acacia LIVE EDGE Butcher Block. Live Edge means the characteristics of the outside of the tree are on the edge of the butcher block and will go in and out up to a half of an inch. In this video, you will learn how to turn our Acacia Island Top Butcher Block into a DIY table by utilizing pre-drilled holes for legs, and finish with mineral oil to make a food safe DIY Table Top. These also work great in the kitchen and can be made into beautiful Food Safe Grade Butcher Block Counter Tops!

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