How to Make a Butcherblock


For those who have access to oak lumber and have a few basic woodworking tools, butcher block is easy to make. The butcher block form can be used for simple cutting boards or elaborate table or countertops. The easiest way to learn how to make butcher block is to make a simple cutting board. Once you have mastered the boards, you can create larger projects.

Step 1

Use the table saw to cut the 2 X 2 X 8 oak lumber into 12 inch sections.

Step 2

Lay six of the 12 inch sections together on your work surface. This should give you a 12 inch by 12 inch square. This will be the size of your first butcher block cutting board.

Step 3

Run a bead of non-toxic wood glue down the center of one side of the first 2 X 2 sections. Use a small paintbrush to spread the glue over the entire side.

Step 4

Repeat this process on one side of the section. Press the two sections together evenly; making sure the top, bottom and faces of the boards are flush.

Step 5

Continue this process until all six 2 X 2 sections are glued together.

Step 6

Use at least two adjustable wood clamps to press the butcher block together while the glue dries.

Step 7

Wipe away any seeping glue from the seams with a clean, damp cloth.

Step 8

Allow the butcher block to remain in the clamps 12 hours or overnight to fully cure the glue.

Step 9

Remove the clamps and wipe the surfaces of the butcher block with mineral spirits to remove any dust or dirt.

Step 10

Apply mineral oil with a clean, soft cloth to finish the butcher block.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 X 2 X 8 Oak lumber
  • Table saw
  • Non-toxic wood glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Expandable clamps
  • Soft, clean cloth
  • Mineral spirits
  • Mineral oil


  • Build it Better Yourself, by the editors of Organic Gardening and Farming, Rodale Press Inc., 1977
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