One of the trends in home design for the last ten years or so has been the use of a butcher block countertop. A butcher block countertop is simply a flat, rectangular slab of hard plastic or metal that is used as a countertop in kitchen or bathroom design. It can be made from different materials such as ceramic, stainless steel, acrylic and even wood. They are usually a cheaper alternative to kitchen or bathroom countertops because they are made of cheaper materials. If you have an older model kitchen or bathroom, you can still find a good quality solid wood block for sale but the savings will not be as great.
A typical butcher block countertop can be made to fit most standard kitchen sizes. This makes it easy to use at home because it can be cut to fit, assembled and laid out. For more custom designed pieces, some woodworkers like to “cut in” certain areas of the countertop by drilling holes in them first then sanding and finishing the wood to match the surrounding cabinets and surfaces. These custom ordered pieces are also available from some vendors. The inlays, if made of wood, will generally bond better to the wood around the edges than an epoxy inlay would.
I was looking at a few different solid wood blocks and one of them caught my eye. It is called the ang butcher block ay isang la mente. This ang butcher block ay isang la mente means it is a square slab of wood about two feet by four feet. The individual slabs come in various widths and sizes. The size you order depends on the number of people you plan to make them for.
The countertop is a solid hardwood. It has a thin veneer of decorative material glued to the wood surface. It is an excellent choice for use on wood countertops because the wood countertop has enough flexibility to accommodate the larger wooden blocks. Veneer is good because it allows the wood countertop to have more texture because it is more malleable. Wood is more difficult to work with when it is cold so adding some texture to it will increase the ease with which the wood countertop can be cut, sanded, drilled, stitched and glued.
An interior design workshop has a wide range of projects that they can work on. One of the featured projects this year is the full-service Kitchen Remodeling Demonstration. The kitchen remodeling demonstration is a four-part instructional series that teaches homeowners how to choose a kitchen design with all the space and storage capacity that their budget will allow.
The four-part series begins with a brief introduction of wood. Then the project moves on to the topic of kitchen storage. This section includes information on selecting appropriate cabinets, countertops and flooring. Once the kitchen storage area has been chosen, it is followed by information on preparing traditional meals. Once the four basic sections are complete, the next section of the series focuses on creating an outdoor eating area using a fully stocked butcher block table.
A full-service kitchen remodel usually requires a significant amount of wood cutting work. A discussion of which type of wood to use for upang sa iyong espasyo pagluluto follows. Upang wood comes from Indonesia and is used to build almost all types of wooden upang countertops. While some using wood comes from Thailand and Borneo, most of the hardwood comes from Indonesia and is used to build traditional wood countertops.
The final section of the book provides a detailed look at the preparation of the three meals, the family likes to eat. The first meal, sa hamengkasa (stir fried pork), is accompanied by a sweetened soy sauce and served on top of grilled using wood plank. The second meal, dauber ayun (taro soup), is served on top of steamed white rice. The third meal, nasi kandar (fermented rice salad), is a side dish to the aforementioned food. For dessert, a traditional Balinese dessert called malai suey is usually served. The book concludes with a simple but impressive how-to manual for woodworking, along with a selection of photographs showing various woodworking projects.