DIY Sink Install with Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher block countertops are strong, durable, and easy to install in your kitchen. If you’re looking to update your cooking space but are unsure of how to install butcher block countertops around your sink, you’ll find an easy step-by-step guide in this article:

Treating the Underside of Your Butcher Block

When looking at your butcher block, you’ll notice that one side is very clear and one side has knots. Before our install, we want to treat the underside (knotted side) of our butcher block. This will help prolong the life of the block by sealing in all of the elements. We recommend using one or two coats of the Hardwood Reflections Satin Top Coat. You will want to also consider using a vapor barrier on the underside if your countertop is going over a dishwasher.

Keep in mind that you will need to seal all sides of the block, not just the top and outer-facing edges.

Measuring and Cutting Your Butcher Block Countertop

After measuring your sink, you’ll want to cut and sand your butcher block to your desired length. If your countertop is 10’ or longer, we find the sink to be a great place to make the connection of two butcher block countertop pieces.

We cut our butcher block using a circular saw. Our favorite tool to use for cutting the miter is a metal piece known as a Kreg Track Guide. If you don’t have this tool, similar results can be achieved with a track saw, aftermarket guide, or by clamping a straight edge to the top.

When you seam the sink, you want it to be directly in the middle of the two pieces, making the line between your butcher blocks almost invisible. Double-check to make sure everything fits correctly in your kitchen.

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Using Biscuit Joints to Connect Your Butcher Block Pieces

To make sure that the corners are lining up correctly, use a biscuit joiner to install biscuits every six to seven inches on the connecting line of your butcher blocks. Pour some glue inside the corner line and into the holes created by your biscuit joiner before placing the biscuits inside.

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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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