modern butcher block becomes more and more common in
today’s kitchen design. Whether
integrating a stand alone block or combining it into
a butcher block island you should take special care
when setting up the kitchen cabinet lineup. This article
would like to give you some tips on how to best combine
your butcher block with the other cabinets. We also
would like to give you some ideas on how to keep your
butcher block clean and hygienic in the long run.
of a butcher block
a standard 4 leg butcher block into your kitchen
cabinets lineup is straight forward. Prepare a
cutout in your countertop and make sure the block has
some room around. Never have the butcher
the cabinets around. Do not screw the block to any
of your cabinets as vibrations will be distributed
all over you kitchen front. Instead use half inch soft-rubber
on all sites of the cabinet touching the butcher block.
in mind that you want to be able to pull out the butcher
block for cleaning. Make sure the entire block stands
flat on the kitchen surface. As
far as height is concerned, it depends on your personal
likes. A good way of installing is to keep the butcher
block about 1 inch underneath the surface of your surrounding
Cleaning a butcher block
With increased daily use the butcher block will need
some cleaning. Using normal tap water for every days
cleaning might leave the butcher block island or butcher
block countertops with a grey shade. Most manufacturers
offer special oils in order to keep the wood clean and
hygienic. However resulting from deeper cutting grooves
or simple grease you might want to clean up your butcher
block a little bit deeper.
Get a rotating pvc brush for your drill at your DIY store.
These brushes are usually sold to clean up metals, but
work perfectly for cleaning up any kind of butcher block
surface. Afterwards sand the top of the block with a sanding
paper grid 120 and apply the finishing oil. This way the
butcher block will maintain its natural beauty and functionality.