questionsbutcher block countertop: should we buy or make?


Oh, I thought that answer was a Yes or No when I first read the question, and I was going to say "no, don't do it". They stain, cut, and gouge easily.


@tsfisch: That was my initial worry, but the rest of the kitchen now has granite and the laminate countertop at the island is just sad. We don't want granite, concrete or any other heavy material at the island since it would require additional supports so we are planning on trying butcher block. We don't have any kids and plan on selling in 5-ish years if the market ever recovers, so we think butcher block should last until then. I'll start thinking about some other alternates now, though, since I've never actually heard any reviews from anyone that has actually delt with butcher block counters. Thanks for giving me your input!


I have dealt with more butcher block than I care to think about - cutting and carving blocks. I can only agree that they stain, darken, show cut marks as already stated. If you don't plan to use it in any way other than a place to put things that are already cooked or prepared and it won't get wet, then OK. Otherwise, I surely would look at other alternatives.


@klozitshoper: Great info, thanks!

Does sealing it help at all? It's not near the sink, and I do most of my prep on the rest of the countertops, but we use it to serve food when we have guests over so sometimes food will fall onto it while it's being scooped out of the dish. I was assuming as long as we clean it up right away and make sure staining foods like kool-aid stay off of it then we would be alright.


There are ways and assorted products to seal butcher block. even if you're cutting on it. They are something that you do have to spend a little more time maintaining compared to most other materials. Personally, I'd make my decision on whether it would look good with the rest of the kitchen, and whether or not you want to take the time to maintain it. Here are a couple links to sites that have instructions on caring for butcher block.


@kristiwsu: The butcher block that is black is not mold but where I guess I did not wipe up the water that had permeated it. I was just going to post about probably being able to seal it with something to preclude damage. And today, there are so many products that look like but aren't - there is probably a butcher block look where you couldn't even tell the difference. It amazes me when I go into Loews and Home Depot to see what is available now. Makes me want to completely redo everything!


Price wise, Ikea is probably the best value going. Last I know, they're still made somewhere in Europe. Do note that there are different lineups, and the thicknesses are not always the same.

Lumber Liquidators has some too: