What Are the Steps for Making a DIY Wood Countertop?


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Butcher block is the most durable option for a DIY wood countertop. Glue and clamp small hardwood planks of various lengths to create a butcher block. To make a wood countertop, you need hardwood planks, food-safe wood glue, clamps, a mallet, sandpaper, a saw and mineral oil.

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  1. Plane and cut the wood

    Butcher block is best constructed with planks of wood approximately 1 to 2 inches thick and 1 to 2 inches wide. Plane the wood yourself, or save time and have it done at the lumber mill. To create visual interest and add stability to the joints, cut the planks to varying lengths.

  2. Assemble the butcher block

    Arrange the planks on a floor or workbench to create the necessary width and length of the countertop. Working in sections, glue the planks together, and pound the joints with a mallet. Once all of the pieces have been glued together, add the clamps along the length of the butcher block. Let the glue cure for at least 24 hours.

  3. Trim and sand

    Trim the butcher block as needed to fit your cabinets, and sand the top smooth.

  4. Finish and install

    Condition the butcher block by rubbing mineral oil or specialty conditioner into the wood, and install onto the cabinets.

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