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Butcherblock Countertops

Cabinets & Countertops

  • 7 Species available: Douglas Fir, Red Alder, Western Maple, Oregon Myrtle, Pacific Madrone, Northwest Orchard Walnut and African Hardwoods Blend.
  • Available in side grain style; fir is also available in end grain.
  • Custom made, pre-finished or unfinished
  • Finish with Polyx Oil, Bioshield Herbal Oil, or Tung Oil.
  • Made of wood from Western Washington and Oregon

Warm and natural, butcher block countertops are a wonderful way to bring the beauty of nature into your home. Wooden work surfaces combine strength and durability with softness under hand, and lustrous, timeless style. The Pacific Northwest is home to many beautiful wood species, some uncommon elsewhere, that are recognized for the richness and beauty of their grain. Green Depot offers a range of species of wood butcher blocks that are high quality and sustainably sourced.

The woods that make up our butcher blocks are harvested and reclaimed from a variety of sources. The Fir is reclaimed from various Northwest deconstruction projects. The Alder, Maple, and Myrtle are carefully selected from sustainably maintained Northwest forests. Our rare and beautiful Madrone comes from urban salvage and windfall. The Northwest Orchard Walnut comes from decommissioned walnut groves. The African Hardwoods blend is salvaged wood from shipping pallets and has a variety of color tones and grains.

From their source and manufacturing, through their use, all the way to the end of their service, our butcher blocks exemplify a green life-cycle. Once installed, they will last a very, very long time because wood is not only very strong - it is also re-finishable. At 1.5 to 2 inches thick, you can refinish these butcher blocks countless times. Finally, when you (or your great grandchildren) decide to replace the butcher block it is biodegradable, or easily repurposed. It does not have to end up in the landfill.

Our butcher block countertops are put together with a low-VOC adhesive that contains no added formaldehyde, so they will not off-gas harmful vapors into your home. There are many high-performance, low-toxic finish options for these wooden surfaces - including natural oils and waxes - that will not compromise your indoor air quality. And finally, they are available pre-finished so that if someone in your home is particularly sensitive to finishes - even natural ones - you can lessen their exposure to a potential irritant.

For food preparation, wood is turning out to be a much safer choice than many people expect. Studies at the University of Wisconsin and UC Davis have shown that bacteria like Salmonella and E. Coli simply don't persist on wooden surfaces - even just 3 minutes after being contaminated.

  • Low-VOC adhesives
  • No added formaldehyde
  • FSC-Cetified or HFHC-approved

Some use their butcher blocks as a large cutting board, others treat them like fine furniture. In either case, simply wipe clean with a moist sponge after use. Avoid harsh detergents and puddles of standing water. Maintenance for your countertop depends largely on how you use it and what finish was specified.

Durable, and refinishable, your butcher block work surface will last a very long time, so you won't have to think about chucking it out and getting another one. This means that not only are you going to get a lot of use out of your investment - it also means less overall demand for new countertop options, and less waste in the long run.

When the time comes for someone to finally replace the butcher block surface, there is the final bonus that it does not have to be thrown away. The wood could be used to make something else that is useful like cutting boards, or foot stools, or a bench - anything that's made out of wood. It might also be chipped up and used in the garden, or even simply pitched into the compost pile where it can safely bio-degrade. Whatever you do with it, your butcher block, unlike so many countertops on the market today, does not have to end up in the landfill.

When installing a butcher block, allowances need to be made for the seasonal changes in humidity which will cause it to expand or contract in width (see install instructions from the manufacturer.)

With the exception of the Northwest Orchard Walnut, our butcher blocks have the option of coming pre-finished with OSMO Polyx Oil. Our most popular product, OSMO Polyx Oil will not emit harmful odors or chemicals once dry, and is non-soluble. Therefore, while commonly used on floors, it can also be used on food preparation surfaces such as kitchen countertops, cutting boards or tables.

Butcherblock Countertops

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