Published at Monday, April 02nd, 2018 - 20:43:09 PM. Kitchen Island. By Lucija Bališ.
Excerpt from Butcher Block Countertops - How to Build a Butcher Block Top :
In kitchens that combine stone and butcher block countertops, homeowners usually want to do some cutting on the wood surface, so they want the oil finish. If you only want it for looks, then go with the varnique. Several companies offer butcher block countertops in many wood species, at different price points. Hard maple (also known as sugar maple) is the best choice for cutting because it has the tightest grain and is the hardest of the appropriate woods. Lower grades of maple include western maple, soft maple, and Chinese maple. These are all softwoods and they're not good surfaces that will take a lot of abuse.
How to Build a Butcher Block Top. You shouldn't cut on butcher block countertops with this finish because cutting will remove the protection, leaving the wood exposed to water and other household liquids. It is extremely difficult to fix cuts in this finish so that you won't notice them. However, if you're not cutting on this finish, the advantage is that it is virtually carefree. It's waterproof, so you can have a sink cut out in it. And you can spill grape juice of red wine on it, wipe it away, and not have a stain.
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