Published at Monday, April 02nd, 2018 - 20:39:09 PM. Kitchen Island. By Lucija Bališ.
Excerpt from Butcher Block Countertops - How to Build a Butcher Block Top :
Mineral oil is not waterproof, so if the top gets wet, the grain could raise, making the wood feel rough. So having sunk in butcher block countertops is not a good idea. The area around the sink will eventually discolor, turning dark. Cut marks from knives are easily sanded out, but then you should re-oil. Another finish used on wood countertops is the "varnique" finish. This is baked on satin polyurethane finish. It is safe for contact with food, and it has a low sheen, which most folks are happy with.
Thickness is another consideration when buying butcher block. The standard is 1 1/2" - any thinner than that is not a good idea. This thickness if fine up to 42" in length. Once you get longer, you should go to 1 3/4" to prevent warping in the future. Any thicker is not necessary under any circumstances, but some people just like the look of thicker tops. If this is you, think about getting a 1 3/4" top and building up the edge. This will probably save you a lot of money.
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