Butcher Block Tops
Follow the instructions below to get the best possible performance from your oiled wood top:
- Wash your block by hand only using anti-bacterial dish soap and warm water. Do not submerge the block in water! Add a small amount of bleach or vinegar (a teaspoon per gallon of water) to the water for extra bacteria killing power. You can also rub the block with a half a lemon to kill bacteria.
Our blocks are not dishwasher safe. Thoroughly dry the block after washing. If you have a small block such as a cutting board, wash both sides and if possible, allow the block to dry standing up on edge to help the block dry properly and prevent warping.
- Periodically oil the block. Letting the block dry out because of a lack of oil is the #1 cause of problems with the block. A good rule of thumb is once a week for the first month and then a minimum of monthly thereafter.
The frequency of oiling will vary by the environment and the amount of use. If the wood appears dry, it is time to oil. If you have oiled the butcher block too much it will feel slightly sticky. If this happens, clean the counter top with grease cutting dish washing detergent such as Dawn®.
- Do not allow liquid to stand on the block for a long period of time; it can stain the butcher block and cause the wood to expand, which may result in glue-joint failure and warping.
- Use a steel scraper or sandpaper as needed to keep the top smooth and free of deep cuts or any food buildup, then re-oil the top
End Grain Construction
End grain construction (shown at left) is the premium construction style and our recommended surface for direct food preparation. In end grain construction, small wood pieces stand vertically to show only the ends of the wood.
Edge Grain Construction
In an edge grain top, the wood pieces are laid out with long strips running lengthwise along the top (shown at right). All strips will be continuous with no joints, unless the length of the top is excessive. In such instances we will discuss this on a case-by-case basis with you
Flat Grain Construction
In a flat grain top the wood pieces are premium-clear wide plank flat sawn boards. The pieces are generally wider in size (see image at left). Widths will vary depending on the species and sizes of wood available at the time of manufacturing and will be random sized unless otherwise specified.