How to Build a Modern DIY Desk with Butcher Block

Butcher Block isn’t just for your kitchen countertop!

Depending on your needs or available space, we have the best butcher block DIY desk options for your workspace. You can use butcher block as a top to redo a thrift store find or well-used desk. Or start from scratch and customize your own more modern design for your office area.

We have two widths available and multiple lengths. The two width sizes available in the Hardwood Reflections Butcher Block are 25” and 39” wide.

The lengths vary and can be cut to size as you would cut any piece of wood.

Want a Creative Edge? Choose Acacia Live Edge! 

DIY Butcher Block Desk




Here’s a Step By Step Guide to a DIY Butcher Block Desk:

Plan & measure your space. A writing desk that’s organized and has storage are best in the 4′ or 5′ length and if the room allows, an expansive 6’x2.5’ (72”x30”) is a statement piece! With our butcher block, you can choose the size that works best for you up to 39 inches wide, without having to join two pieces of butcher block!

1. Choose your wood species and finish.
2. Choose the size (length and width)
3. Choose the legs – table height is best
4. Resize if needed
5. Sand down both sides
6. Finish both sides
7. Let completely dry
8. Attach legs
9. Put it into place and enjoy!

If you cut down the length of your butcher block board to customize your desk, here are a few ways to use the left over piece!

  • Make a cutting board
  • Floating shelf
  • Add a step-shelf to your desktop

Do you need support reinforcement under the desk?

This is going to depend on the weight that you intend to have on your desk. Generally, our 6’ butcher block can hold up to 50 pounds without issues. Expecting more weight? Use a reinforcement bar, additional legs, or freestanding drawers so there is limited bowing of the top.

Pre-finished and ready to go butcher block:




Check out the additional Butcher Block Desktop Sizes available in unfinished butcher block:

Hevea Desktop Butcher Block 5’x30″ Unfinished for DIY Desk Projects
Beech Desktop Butcher Block 5’x30″ Unfinished for DIY Desk Projects

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!

New Hevea Desktop Sizes Now Available!
Finished & Unfinished Options

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