If you’ve always wanted to have a butcher-block countertop but don’t want the cost that goes along with it, then this is for you. I’m going to show you how to install a wood kitchen countertop for much less than it would cost to buy one. With these tips you’ll be able to have a wood kitchen countertop that will look as nice as those that are sold in high end home improvement stores.
First of all, what kind of wood should you use? Oak and Cherry are two great choices. You can also use a wood such as maple or birch wood. You just need to know what type of wood chips you’re using so that you don’t waste any wood, and you need to know how much square footage you’re going to need. You can find all of this information printed on the labels of the wood kitchen countertop that you’re going to buy.
Second, you need to prepare the wood by sanding it down until it’s fairly smooth. Then, you need to put it on its direction to the direction that you want it to go in. This might be different depending on what brand you’re using, so you’ll have to read the label. Make sure that the grain is even all the way around. If there’s any ridges or uneven sections, sand them off before continuing.
Third, you need to use a sealer or finish to protect the wood from the elements. This will help it last longer and keep you from having to refinish it ever again. Finishes like Behr and MDF work great for this application because they are durable and won’t degrade easily, which means they’ll keep your butcher block looking new for a very long time to come. You may also choose to use a wood grinder to speed up the process of sealing the wood, but a professional should be used because of the process.
Fourth, you need to cut your butcher block into the pieces that you need. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using a table saw or a serrated knife. Just make sure that you’re cutting it straight down into the wood. If you have to guess at which direction to slice it, use a wood guide or your finger. This will make things easier later when you’re ready to assemble the pieces.
Fifth, you need to put your pieces together one at a time. Lay the pieces flat on their sides and secure them with screws or hooks. As soon as you’re done putting your butcher block together, you can use glue to glue the block to the wooden frame on your frame. Glue the block in place, making sure that you don’t cover the grain of the wood. Once you’re satisfied with how the frame fits together, you can begin installing the rest of the parts.
Once all of your parts are installed, you should wipe the wood with a wood cleanser. This helps get rid of any dirt or dust that might otherwise be difficult to remove. After wiping it down, you can put it in the light of day to see how it looks. If you want to change the design or color of your kitchen, you can go ahead. But if you don’t, you should be able to match it up pretty easily.
So as you can see, it’s really not that hard. You don’t have to be a woodworking expert to do it. In fact, you can take advantage of a woodworking class at your local community college if you’re having trouble understanding the steps. Just make sure that you’re wearing comfortable shoes and that you can move around comfortably while you’re learning.