How to Install a Butcher Block Countertop

If you need a surface that can stand up to heavy use, a butcher block countertop is just the choice for you.

These wooden surfaces can withstand heavy daily use and food preparation. They’re perfect for your kitchen or laundry room. 

Butcher block countertops come in a variety of sizes and designs, so you can find the right fit for your space. Here’s how to install one.

Materials Needed

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Cut the wood to fit your space.

Trim the Butcher Block to Fit Your Space

This butcher block countertop is 6 feet long and 25 inches wide. It needs to be cut down for a 5-foot cabinet that is 22 inches deep.

Start by trimming 2 and 1/2 inches along the length of the piece. Use a table saw to make this cut so it is perfectly consistent from end to end. The two-and-a-half-inch piece will serve as a backsplash. 

Next, mark the panel at the 5-foot mark with a framing square before making the cross-grain cut with a circular saw. Cut the narrow backsplash piece to 5 feet on the miter saw. 

Extra sanding will help smooth out the surface.

Sand the Wood

A butcher block purchased from the home center is pretty smooth right out of the package, but before it’s installed and finished, you’ll need to sand it once more with fine-grit sandpaper. 

Adhesive on cabinet
Using construction adhesive will eliminate the need for nailing.

Apply Adhesive

Applying a heavy-duty construction adhesive allows you to simply set the countertop in place without the need for any fasteners to secure it.

While the adhesive is still wet, double-check the overhang margins before gluing the backsplash in place. 

Sealing your countertop will make the wood grain pattern pop!

Seal the Butcher Block

Use a tung oil-based wood sealer and finish that penetrates the wood to seal and protect it from moisture. Applying it with a stain pad allows you to rub the formula into the grain of the wood. After two or three coats of this, the countertop is complete.

Watch the video above for more information!


This project is on the pricier side, but it’s far less expensive to install yourself compared to hiring a professional.

Here’s what you can expect to pay for this project:

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