A strict definition of “butcher block” would define butcher block as northern hard maple. Butchers worked on end grain maple to insure the knife edge lasted as long as possible. In more modern times the definition has expanded to include many wood species. Readily available on the US market are Maple, Red Oak, Ash, Cherry, Walnut, Eucalyptus, and even Teak. More exotic woods can be found from custom fabricators.
Using Walnut for a Butcher Block Countertop
|2/24/11 2:37 PM|
There are indeed 2 schools of thought regarding the use of butcher block. Some people prefer the ease of cleaning that a "finished" wood top provides. They get the look of a wood top and all the convenience of something very easy to clean. These finishes are usually a urethane such as Durakryl 102 for Michigan Maple Block co. Other people prefer a working butcher block and for them an oiled top in the top of choice.
How To Resurface Your Butcher Block Quickly & Well
|2/24/11 2:27 PM|
It seems like there are many opinions about a variety of concerns about butcher block. I have seen Ikea Butcher Block tops and the ones I have seen have been cracked or warped or both. I put them in the same category as Plastic laminate "faux" butcher block. They are low quality prone to failure and therefore impugn the industry as a whole. There are several good quality butcher block manufactures which supply top quality goods. Michigan Maple Block Co out of Michigan has been making them since the late 1800s. Bally Block out of Pennsylvania is also a reputable manufacturer. There are others. The cheap imported tops Ikea sells is not what I would recommend...in the end when they fail it will be "wood tops" which will pay the price in reputation.
IKEA Butcher Block
|2/24/11 2:08 PM|