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Butcher Block Countertops
 

Butcher block is one of the few totally natural kitchen-countertop materials.  Usually made from strips of hard maple, 1 1/2-in. thick butcher-block counters are glued up to expose wear-resistant edge grain.

Wood must be oiled regularly to prevent drying. Cleaning is necessary to remove bacteria -- the same as wooden cutting boards.

PROS:  Resilient, easy to work, relatively durable, can be used as cutting board, surface can be repaired. Scratches may be removed by sanding and refinishing.

CONS:  Will scorch, not as easy to keep clean as some other materials, can stain if unsealed, susceptible to moisture damage around sinks.

COST:  $36-$85 per square foot uninstalled.

SOURCES:
John Boos & Co.
(217) 347-7701
www.johnboos.com

The Hardwood Lumber Co.
(800) 798-1269
www.hardwood-lumber.com

 
   

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