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Staining Butcher Block

Posted by softfurn (My Page) on
Wed, May 3, 06 at 22:07

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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RE: Staining Butcher Block

What type of wood?

Different woods take different stains...open 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:


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Is this the color family you're looking for?


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RE: Staining Butcher Block

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


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RE: Staining Butcher Block

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.


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RE: Staining Butcher Block

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!


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RE: Staining Butcher Block

After it is stained. Do you still apply the conditioner on the butch block?


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Staining Butcher Block

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.


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