The most commonly used wood in a butcher block top is maple due to it’s durability and beauty. But you can also get it in walnut, teak, cherry, mahogany, oak, etc. This makes it easy to match it to your existing finishes in your kitchen. Now, you may think that a butcher block counter is just one solid piece of wood, but this is not the case. It is actually lots of strips of wood that are glued together. This is what makes it possible to have multiple types of wood on one kitchen worktop.

In my opinion, a butcher block should be your number one choice for a countertop for one reason – functionality. You can set a hot pan on it and it doesn’t damage it in the least. And obviously, you can use it for all your prep work. Try to do the above two examples on a granite or ceramic tile counter and you have made a very expensive mistake, to say the least.

The average cost of a solid slab granite countertop is anywhere from $60- $120 per square foot. Ceramic tiles can range anywhere from $5- $100 per square foot depending on whether you get a simple solid color or opt for a patterned tile. Also, this does not include the price of grout. The average butcher block can go for $30- $100 per square foot depending on the type of wood chosen and other variables.

Butcher Block Top

Butcher Block Countertop

We should also address maintenance of the butcher blocks. If you follow a few simple procedures, you can extend the life of your butcher block by many years.

After every use, scrape the surface used with a metal scraper or spatula and thoroughly dry it to ensure proper sanitary conditions. You should also treat it with mineral cutting board oil about twice a month to make sure it is properly sealed against bacteria. And last but not least, you should periodically flip it over to ensure even cutting distribution. If you follow these simple steps, then you will have a beautiful centerpiece in your kitchen for many years to come. Enjoy!