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A Guide to Butcher Block Countertops

Here’s everything you need to know about butcher block countertops… 

The Basics

There are three different types of butcher block counters to consider: 

  1. Edge grain is made by stacking planks together so the side of each piece is seen
  2. End grain is built using square-shaped pieces that give it a grid-like appearance.
  3. Face grain is made by laying slabs of wood flat together so the width of each plank is visible.

Types of Wood

Maple, cherry and walnut are all popular options, while bamboo can be a great eco-friendly alternative.

Care and Maintenance

A food-safe oil finish will provide a protective coating that is resistant to heat, moisture and stains, while still retaining a rich appearance.