DIY Butcher Block, Part 1

June 7, 2013

This project is sponsored by J. Aaron Countertops. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that are helping me run this little blog!
Since my sister is moving in with us (she’s here officially, by the way!), we are workin’ hard on the basement – bedroom, bathroom, tv room and future crafting stations are all getting a little makeover. (Nothing structural, just making them cozy and live-able.) But my very favorite redo we’re doing is the kitchenette! I have wanted to put a butcher block countertop in that tiny space since we moved into this house and this was the perfect excuse to do it! I did a quick search of butcher block companies or remnants in Atlanta and stumbled upon the nice folks at J. Aaron Countertops. If you are in the Atlanta area and in need of a butcher block resource, definitely check these guys out! Joshua was so nice to work with and he agreed to let me show you a bit of their neat factory space.
These machines are huuuuuge. Planers, sanders, wood-glue-er-together-ers… These are some serious machines!
It was really neat to see the processes. From a big gluey wood block like this one below, comes a beautiful, slick butcher block counter. I had never really thought about how they make the butcher block – so this was really a cool experience.
They use a black concrete sand-like material sprinkled on the surface to see the irregularities in the wood while sanding.
My always-ready-for-a-project father-in-law went with me for assistance with the heavy lifting, but really to make sure I wasn’t getting myself into some crazy project. (Thank you, Charles!) The guys loaded up our piece of white oak butcher block and we were on the road home to start the sanding process!

I’m using Charles’ electric sander, starting with 80 grit, then 120 grit and finally a super smooth 220 grit. It’s good to go against the grain a little bit to get rid of the big ridges and then move the sander with the wood grain to smooth it out. It’s a pretty easy process since the piece isn’t very big. I’ll finish it with a few coats of wipe on polyurethane.

It’s a good looking block of wood and I can’t wait to cut a sink hole and get it installed in the basement. I’ll show you that process next!

And thank you again to J. Aaron Countertops for sponsoring this project!

Copyright Whitney Curtis 2010-2013

5 thoughts on “DIY Butcher Block, Part 1

  1. Caroline @ The Home Depot

    This is going to turn out so beautifully! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  2. Joy | Frock Files

    I’ve always wondered what the process of making butcher block is like. So fun to see the behind-the-scenes action!


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