Before we start a discussion on how to make a butcher block let us try and understand what exactly a butcher block is. As the name suggests, it was a great hunk of wood, used by butchers to chop meat on. The wood was durable and sturdy and withstood all attacks with the knife during chopping or cutting and therefore slowly entered into households as effective kitchen and even dining furniture. Nowadays, butcher blocks have many avatars – they can be used as a counter top, as a cutting board and as a dining table – either separately, or the same one can be used for all three purposes, depending on the size of your kitchen, your dining space or your needs. You can also make yourself a butcher block kitchen island, an end table or a work bench.
How to make a butcher block
Whereas you can easily buy a butcher block from stores or online, a great way to put your skills as a carpenter or a craftsman is to make your own. You do not have to take an enormous piece of wood and hack away at it, you can start small by making yourself a butcher block cutting board – this is a small scale bit of work and the result will be very handy in the kitchen.
Look up internet suggestions of how to make a butcher block table or cutting board and such like and ask your friends and relatives for tips. It is suggested for beginners that they buy a pre-existing butcher block and then trim it down to size depending on the kitchen or dining room space. Once you have done this relatively easy task, you can go on to adding legs to it etc. without coherent instructions it will be very difficult to make your butcher block furniture and it is best to seek help on how to make a butcher block table or cutting board etc. from those who have experience, or from skilled carpenters because the gluing and clamping exercises that are required can be tedious and tiring.
The best place to buy butcher blocks from would be to go to thrift stores – ask the retailers how to make a butcher block table or counter top for better understanding. This saves you a lot of money in the long run because the advanced bits of carpentry are already done and any carpenter worth his salt will for sure have the tools that are required for trimming a butcher block down and adding the extra bits. Go to thrift stores, retailers and look in your own shed for old wood that you can reuse and make a butcher block item from.
Be systematic in your research on how to make a butcher block table or countertop and you will see the piece take shape in no time, adding durability, strength and beauty to your existing kitchen space – the burnished grain of the butcher block wood toning down the harsh and cold tone of metal and steel furniture and fixtures.