How To Prepare & Stain Your Hardwood Butcher Block — Perfect For Beginners

Check out J Wiz’s step-by-step video of how he created the perfect wooden desktop with the help of solid wood butcher block for his computer desk. He’s a self-proclaimed beginner in woodworking… so, if he can do it, you can too! This is the perfect project for the weekend hobbyist or a passionate DIYer.

Materials Used in this DIY Project

Prep by sanding with fine sand paper

Conditioning the Butcher Block

In this awesome video, J Wiz walks us through the specific materials he used to stain his Birch Butcher Block. We really appreciate how he clearly described each step — from conditioning the wood, applying an even coat of stain, and, finally, protecting the surface with a few layers of polyurethane.

Applying stain

Lightly sanding before top coat

Use thin layers of Poly for an even finish

Before jumping into your own DIY Butcher Block project, watch the video above and read this quick guide, so you know exactly what tools and supplies you will need to create your own wooden desktop. We hope you learn from J Wiz’s experience, so you don’t make the same mistakes — saving you valuable time and money!

Most importantly, once you complete your project, we hope you take a moment to bask in the moment that you created this beautiful new piece of furniture… before moving onto your next DIY Butcher Block project!

To inspire your next project, check out this easy tutorial using Hevea Chevron for DIY Desks and Benches. Once you get started, you’ll notice the possible Butcher Block DIY projects are endless!


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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