Maple butcher block has come along way since its early days. This simple, yet functional wood block, which can be used for butcher block or other woodworking projects, can easily transform a plain kitchen countertop into something special. This conversion can be done fairly easily using a few simple tools and materials.
The best wood to use on a maple butcher block countertop is one that has been stained with the same type of stain as the rest of the wood. Darker woods tend to show the natural grain of the wood better, while lighter colors tend to hide it or have a dull appearance. Darker stains also appear to be more durable against heat and other common household cleaners and are therefore often recommended for countertops over lighter colored backsplashes or tops. They can also handle a lot more abuse from knives and other utensils that are used frequently in the kitchen.
Maple countertops look best when they are flat and smooth. The flat surface helps prevent the meat from laying too much and gives the appearance of a flatter, more uniform surface. There are two basic methods for staining wood: one is a solid color staining and the other is a blend color staining. Blended staining techniques add highlights to the wood, while solid colors show more natural color in the wood grain.
Another common problem when using maple butcher block countertops is uneven wood edges. This is a common problem with cheaper quality wood, as wood is inexpensive and pieces can be cheaply manufactured to meet manufacturing standards. This, combined with the fact that wood is easy to work with, leads to an inevitable result – unevenness. To combat uneven wood edges, file or sand the wood until it is level. If you plan to use a wood grinder, be sure to purchase one that matches your grinding equipment.
Although cherry countertops are usually more expensive than maple, they are renowned for their beautiful appearance and durability. As well as their strength, cherry wood is considered to be one of the most forgiving wood types on the market. It is relatively easy to stain and can withstand a wide range of stains and finishes. It can be customized to resemble virtually any other type of wood, such as oak, birch, etc.
Maple’s natural, warm tone matches almost any decor, from country and cottage to modern and contemporary. Maple’s soft feel translates perfectly to a kitchen, especially when you are looking for a simple and warm look. Maple is a soft wood that does not change color when exposed to extreme heat or sunlight, making it a great choice for your kitchen countertops. In addition, this quality also makes it a wonderful choice for anyone who suffers from allergies, as the wood will not aggravate or trigger an allergic reaction.
To prepare your butcher block, you will need a circular saw with carbide tips, a wood blade to slice along the countertop, a heavy-duty knife, and sandpaper. Start by simply gathering all of the supplies together and making two pieces of the butcher block that will fit side by side on your workbench. Using the circular saw, cut along the two pieces of the wood to create an open plan. The two pieces of the countertop will form the bottom of the island and the top of the island.
To finish, you will need to add one gallon of water lox and one tablespoon of stain, if possible. Use waterlox, a waterproofing sprayer, a brush and dish washing soap to apply the stain. Allow the stain to dry thoroughly before wiping them off with a clean sponge or rag. Maple butcher block countertops can be a beautiful addition to any home, but like any product, you get what you pay for. Although maple offers a high quality product for a reasonable price, do not expect perfect results from this countertop.