Ed’s Honest Review Shares A Birch Butcher Block Experience

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Ed is a fellow DIYer that shares his honest reviews of products on his YouTube Channel. While we are happy to hear that his experience was another 5-Star Review of our popular Butcher Block, we didn’t want to just tell you about his experience, we wanted to show it!

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Here’s what Ed shared about his experience.

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“I am 100% happy with my purchase of this HARDWOOD REFLECTIONS butcher block countertop model BBCT1502574! It was easy to cut, sand, season & condition. Don’t be intimidated using this to make your own countertop, island, shelf, etc! This is easy to work with. As you can see in my photos and video it is well made with high quality 100% solid northern european birch that is naturally antibacterial.

The wood is a slow growth, closed grain hardwood that is durable and has similar looks and physical properties to hard maple. This is a nice durable product and with proper simple maintenance it will look like new for many years. I used 400 grit sandpaper in-between each coat of mineral oil. What I did was I squirted mineral oil on the butcherblock, spread it lightly with a spreader, used a terry cloth towel to apply the oil to the sides, let sit for 8 hrs, wiped off the excess with a terry cloth towel, let dry for about an hour, sanded it, then repeated the process 3 more times. As for the conditioner it was the same process except I did not sand it in-between coats. Here is a link to my video to see what oil and conditioner I used (https://youtu.be/3TP18kXWemk)

What I love about this is if you get a cut, ding or other marks in the wood it is easily sanded, seasoned & conditioned to make it look like new without having to buy a new countertop. This countertop is solid and heavy. It looks awesome whether you use a lite or dark mineral or tung oil. If you are not going to prep food on it, you can stain or use lacquer to finish this beautiful slab. I have used this heavily to process my food, wild game, vacuum sealing, using heavy equipment and much more with no issues. I use a cutting board to cut things so I don’t cut into the countertop. Besides, if I do make a cut/mark it can fix it easily.

give this 5 stars and I do recommend this.”

Thanks, Ed! 


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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