Custom Cabinetry
Creating the Ultimate Blend of Elegance and Functionality

BUTCHER BLOCK

Solid wood countertops, also known in the marketplace as butcher block countertops, are an extremely green product made from renewable resources. Popular wood species include maple, oak, walnut and cherry. Many other species are available that offer different colors and grain patterns. A hot trend in today's marketplace is combining a stone perimeter surface with a solid wood kitchen island. This makes for a stunning combination that makes a kitchen very distinct. Maple and oak butcher blocks are the most common woods for countertops, although other hardwoods such as cherry, walnut and mahogany are also used. Rock maple is traditional for chopping surfaces because it is hard yet won't damage knife blades. Butcher block is finished with either mineral oil or polyurethane. Mineral oil prevents the wood from warping and drying out, but will not prevent stains. Polyurethane provides an impenetrable plastic-like coating.


Durability

Solid wood is of medium durability strength. If hit hard enough it can be dented or scratched like most other materials. However, unlike many other materials it can be easily refinished.



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Price

Solid Wood countertop prices vary depending on quality, wood species and detail work. Simple maple counters can be purchased for around $30 per square foot. Exotic species and heavy detailed counters can run as much as $150-$200 per square foot.

Maintenance

Once a month, or when oiled countertops begin to look dry, reapply oil (never oil butcher block that has been sealed with polyurethane). Place a bottle of food-grade (nontoxic) mineral oil into a bowl of hot (not boiling) water, then rub a generous amount of oil onto the surface with a soft, clean cloth, working with the grain; reapply after the wood soaks up the oil. Continue until the wood stops absorbing oil. Wipe off excess oil, then let the countertops dry for at least six hours or, ideally, overnight, before using..

Green

Solid wood is one of the greenest materials available in the marketplace. It is the only material that is truly renewable.

How to clean

Wipe with a damp cloth and mild dishwashing liquid. Rinse well with a clean, damp cloth. A cloth dampened with fresh lemon juice or white vinegar may remove or lighten stains, and deodorize a surface finished with mineral oil.


                                  
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