Custom made butcher block is an amazing tool to use for beautifying your home. A great butcher block will help your home feel like a totally different environment when the light shines upon it. It is a very popular and versatile accent for many people. There are many different types of hardwood available for butcher block. You can find the most popular woods such as maple, oak, beech, maple, walnut and cherry just to name a few.
Maple butcher block is considered to be the most expensive because of its high density. The more heartwood it has, the more expensive it tends to be. Maple has some of the best characteristics for a kitchen countertop. It is strong and durable with medium to medium pink color hardness. Maple has some white sapwood that makes the wood easy to stain.
Oak has some of the same characteristics as maple. It has medium hardness and is very dense. However it does not have very much heartwood. There is also a lighter colored sapwood which makes oak cheaper than other hardwoods. While the oak butcher block is considered to be a solid hardwood, it has no pink or pale sapwood which makes it a lower cost option.
Beech has medium hardness with a pinkish to brown color. It has a lot of heartwood compared to the other hardwood, so it can easily stain well. Beech butcher block is a good choice because of the availability of heartwood and its availability in different colors.
A very popular wood is cherry. Cherry wood is a very nice natural wood to work with. It has a soft and silky feel in your hand. This wood is typically more expensive than the other softer woods such as maple and beech. While there is some question as to whether or not cherry wood is actually a hardwood, it is considered a soft wood.
Another hardwood commonly used is redwood. This wood is available in different shades of red. It has a very distinctive aroma. Redwood can last a lifetime if properly maintained.
Walnut countertops are becoming extremely popular. They are high quality and strong. The wood is strong and durable and has a lovely reddish brown finish. Walnut butcher block countertops are known for their beauty, strength and sturdiness. This wood is very dense and has a tight grain, which can easily join with other wood products for strength and durability.
Flange fittings are an important part of building your butcher block kitchen. They are used to connect the wood to the cabinet bases. Most hardware stores stock flange fittings of various sizes. I recommend that you buy from a supplier that specialises in hardware and countertop building as they will have the largest variety and best price deals. Your butcher block table should be built to last a lifetime if built correctly.
The other consideration when choosing a hardwood butcher block kitchen island is to choose a wood that is known for it’s strength and sturdiness. I would recommend that you choose oak or maple as they are known for their durability and resistance to common kitchen accidents such as cutting yourself or the door falling on them. I would also recommend that you stay away from particle board or veneer plywood as they are not only extremely cheap but extremely low quality and will probably fall apart after just a few years.
Walnut is considered to be the best natural wood for kitchen use. Other good hardwoods for a butcher block kitchen include; black heartwood, red heartwood and white heartwood. The white heartwood tends to be the most expensive and therefore is only available from few select places.
The grain of the wood is referred to as heartwood. It is found in the middle of the wood and is generally darker in color than the rest of the wood. Red heartwood is the most popular as it has a reddish tinting to it. The grain is typically brown or reddish in color, however, it can have a reddish tint as well.
White sapwood is the outer layer of the wood. It tends to be whiter than heartwood and is typically used for cabinet surfaces. The best butcher block kitchen islands are constructed using a cross cut saw cutting the wood crosswise and then using a band saw to crosscut the white sapwood.