Ash Wood Butcher Blocks countertops are ideal for modern and contemporary kitchens. With its many shades of brown, ash wood creates a warm and inviting effect. The heartwood of Ash Wood Butcher Block Countertops has a uniform honey hue to it and is usually light to almost white in color. Add value and beauty to your own home with custom designed Ash Wood Butcher Block Countertops custom carved by skilled carpenters. Your butcher block countertop choices will definitely add value to your kitchen.
A wide plank (face grain) or solid wood butcher block with an ash wood veneer finish can be carved in a variety of ways. The most common way to carve a butcher block is with a band saw. Using a low profile Miter Saw and chisel blade on your wide plank (face grain) or solid wood butcher block, cut along the grain line and gradually remove the material from the face grain. Then, use a router or chisel to maintain the beveled edges. This continuous beveled edge provides a smooth surface for knife cuts.
When choosing an ash butcher block countertop, you need to consider two things: maintenance and durability. To keep your countertop looking new, it is important that you remove any old, cracked, or flaking countertop materials such as old waxed rugs, newspaper, or cob webs. Also, remove all remnants of food that may be stuck between the wood and your countertop. Do not use mineral oil based cleaners as they will build up over time and start to leave an oily residue that attracts more dirt. After removing and cleaning your countertop you may choose to buff it with a kitchen buffing stone. This allows you to remove the scratches from the countertop and restore its original luster.
The second step in refacing an ash wood butcher block table is to sand the surface to remove the original sanding from the wood. This is usually accomplished with a coarse abrasive wheel and a heavy grit sandpaper. To avoid marring the wood you should alternate back and forth between the rough and sanding directions. Be sure to use only light sanding pressure as too much sanding pressure can cause the wood to swell. Also, buff the wood after sanding to remove any residual dust or dirt that may have remained after cleaning.
Next, if your countertop is unfinished you will need to stain or paint it. Before painting, be sure to allow it to dry thoroughly between coats. Once you have completed the first coat, it is a good idea to allow it to dry overnight. Stain and paint kits are available at most home supply retailers. While there are some products that are specifically designed for use on butcher block counters, these are more expensive and may not provide the coverage you are looking for. If you choose to stain your countertop using one of these kits, be sure to apply at least three coats so that the color will hold properly and look rich throughout your kitchen.
When it comes to lumber, there are several types of hardwoods that work well as an Ash wood butcher block. One of the best choices is a flat wood such as maple. Maple has a smooth wood grain that works great for carving and working into patterns. The maple wood is also a strong, dense wood that can take the punishment from food preparation surfaces.
Maple is available in two finishes – a flat top and a staining/polishing finish. While it takes longer to work than an ash wood butcher block countertop, it will save you the work of pre-finishing the wood. Pre-finished lumber will require staining or polishing after a few years, but the extra time spent will result in a product that is stronger, more beautiful, and more durable.
If you are looking for a beautiful wood grain for your new butcher block countertop, maple is a great choice. Its naturally dark color will blend beautifully with the rest of your kitchen and its versatility means that you can choose it in any design and color you want. Maple also offers strong, flexible joints and is a dense, yet lightweight wood. With all of these traits, you are guaranteed a quality product that will last for many years.