When you want to design and install a new kitchen countertop, you may wish to consider the benefits of prefab butcher block countertops. These “flat pack” kitchen islands are a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to bring a new feature into your kitchen without the worry of finishing or staining. You can choose from several different wood stains and finishes for your DIY wood kitchen countertop project. These prefabricated kitchen islands come in several standard sizes and shapes for every kitchen style and theme. The following brief guide provides information on how to make one of these prefabricated islands.
Before beginning your DIY wood butcher block countertop project, it is a good idea to prepare your workspace. For this preparation, you will need a work surface with at least two workbenches. Your bench tops should be rectangular in shape to match the shape of your new butcher block countertop. To ensure that your new kitchen island fits correctly when it is installed, measure and note the dimensions of your work surface, then choose the corresponding number of lumber boards that you need.
Preparing the lumber boards for installation is very simple. Simply prepare the boards according to the instructions in the manufacturers’ handbook. Then, cleanse the work surfaces with a bleach and water solution to get rid of any grime. Place the lumber on top of the clean work surface with the boards overlapping the corners. Apply one-third as much of the dry wood countertop finishing as you want to cover the entire surface, leaving about a quarter inch around the edges.
After the butcher block countertops are installed, you will need to apply woodworking stain. You can either purchase a stain from a store or make one yourself. If you have never stained wood before, I would suggest doing so with a wood Stain Kit. These kits contain everything you need to make the right color. For instance, you can find a stain that matches a cherry finish, mahogany, oak, and beech.
Another factor you need to consider for installation of prefab butcher block countertops is the sealing procedure. Sealing your slab will help protect it from moisture and stains. There are two types of sealing methods. The first method, known as a dry mount, seals the slab with an adhesive. The second method, called a wet mount, involves using an extra tacky layer of sealant between the countertop and the slab.
Once you have sealed the slab, you are now ready to build the pieces. First, take a good set of measuring tools and measure the dimensions of your countertop. Your countertop should be no more than 4 inches longer, wider and taller than the edge of your wood table. You should also measure how deep you want your tabletop to go. This will dictate the size of your pieces. Some of the best woodworking tools include a jigsaw, sander, circular saw, planer, clamps, anvil, hand drill, sandpaper and nails.
Once you have the proper measurements, it’s time to cut your pieces. Depending on your needs, you may want to use a miter saw to get rid of any extra pieces. For example, if you are doing a kitchen island, you will need to cut your boards down as long as possible. If you’re simply doing a small kitchen, you can probably use a hand saw or a cutting board. And finally, don’t forget to add your filler for the prefab butcher block countertops.
While these tools will make your life easier, remember that quality materials are vital to the durability of your countertops. It’s important to choose a company with a solid reputation for making high quality prefab butcher block countertops. And it’s a good idea to go with a company with a great deal of local expertise, as they will probably have the best ideas for choosing a color and a wood tone that will go with the rest of your kitchen.