Butcher block tabletops complement a kitchen or dining room by adding a utilitarian feeling to the room. A little distress in the wood is to be expected, but too much can lead to splits and cracks that cut down the longevity of the table. Causes of cracks include changes in temperature and humidity and the wood drying out. Regular maintenance is needed to keep your table well-oiled and smooth. You can repair any cracks yourself if they're smaller than a few inches wide. Otherwise, seek professional help.
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Things you need
- Dish soap
- Cracked butcher block table
- Butcher block oil or mineral oil
- Wood filler of corresponding shade
- Putty knife
- Sander with sandpaper of medium and fine grit
Remove dirt and grime on your butcher block table with dish soap and a damp sponge. Wipe it down with a towel, and allow additional time for the surface to dry completely.
Use sandpaper to remove any rough edges around the crack. Start with a medium grit and end with a fine grit.
Apply enough wood filler to a putty knife to fill the crack. Work the filler into the crevice. Wipe away any excess filler with the knife.
Let the filler dry for at least 24 hours. Use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the filled-in crack after it has dried, as well as any other nicks or gouges you've spotted on the surface of your butcher block.
Apply butcher block oil or mineral oil liberally to avoid future cracking and to extend the life of your table. Apply once a month or as needed to prevent the wood from drying out.
Tips and warnings
- Don't allow moist items or standing water to remain on the block for long periods of time. The water expands the wood and ultimately weakens its integrity.
- Keep your butcher block table away from direct sources of heat, which can warp the wood.
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