Staining Butcher Block

softfurnMay 3, 2006

Hi all. Someone is giving me a piece of butcher block which I would like to use on an island. I do not, however, plan on using this for cutting, so no food will come in direct contact. Is it possible to stain the bb ....I would like a dark mahogany look. And what would you reccommend? TIA

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What type of wood?

Different woods take different pore like oak =can take a pigmented stain, sometimes tight grains like maple do better with a gel stain.

Sand all surfaces to remove any burnished areas and to get all grain evenly "scratched".

Here's a teak butcher block I made a while ago:

Is this the color family you're looking for?

    Bookmark   May 4, 2006 at 2:46PM
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If it's end grain it will take the stain nicely, it it's laminated along the length of the boards and a good hard wood like maple, it won't take stain well at all.
I say learn to like what it it.
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 4, 2006 at 7:52PM
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Try experimenting with the side that will be on the counter---using a wood dye might afford the best color.

Dyes are available at woodworking stores like Woodcraft.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2006 at 2:07AM
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I would like to use butcher block counter top where there will be a very small sink, probably used infrequently. Does anyone know if I could I undermount the sink?
We have some unfinished butcher block on another counter, and I just put mineral oil on it a couple of times a year. It's scarred, but I like it that way! Like an old salad bowl!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2006 at 6:55PM
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After it is stained. Do you still apply the conditioner on the butch block?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 5:54PM
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We are remodeling our kitchen. We have an antique butcher block from an old meat locker (about 400 lbs), and would like to stain the outside a darker color. Problem... what stain can I use that would not be harmful.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 11:21AM
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