Once shaped, … Great tip about drilling the wood into the circle to keep it from sagging and changing the cut. Capable of anything from making simple cuts through plywood or intricate shapes for a piece of furniture, jigsaws are an absolute must have for anyone who works with wood. Then get some double sided carpet tape and attach the pattern over the hole. In our case, we assumed that the right side and front of our countertop would be a 90-degree angle, based off of the careful install of both the base cabinet and washer/dryer side panel. One the section we have installed already, I haven’t done any maintenance coats and you can tell. Another option would be to use white paintable caulk and touch it up with paint that matches the cabinet color. To make a bevel cut with a jigsaw, the jigsaw blade has to be at an angle relative to the face of the board or material you are cutting. If you decide to make a purchase through my link, I might get a small commission for it at no additional cost to you. At the joints, we cut off this rounded edge to create flat seams. When cutting with a jigsaw, it is important to use a blade that suits the task. The fit was just right! We used Waterlox on the wood top of the center island in our kitchen. Finally, it was time to apply our finish! Archived. You’re so close, laundry room! Simple DIY Christmas Decor – A Wooden Vase Holder, Rustic DIY Christmas Decor- a Pinecone Star, Christmas 2020: Power Tools Gift Ideas for Diy-ers, Tool Tips: How to Use a Jigsaw to Cut a Straight Line, Tool Tips: How to Cut a Square Hole in Wood with a Jigsaw, Tool Tips: How to Cut Plywood with a Jigsaw Without Splintering. With these characteristics in mind, we've sought out the best butcher block islands out there. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. I like your idea of clear caulk, as our countertops are also a slightly tight fit. You'll have to clamp a long guide to the work to rip it, which leads to a question. Unlike laminate and tile counter tops, butcher block is easy to saw and shape into unusual angles or rounded corners. Now my question: we have our countertops next to Ikea gray cabinets. Totally matte finish – it looks almost soft no shine at all. Slow and steady wins this race. There aren’t really any tricks that you could use to cut thick wood. This article is about jigsaw cutting techniques. I was in love! Can a budget B&D jigsaw do it? Despite the amount of time we spent dragging our heels, the majority of this project can be completed in a weekend – if you just set aside the time for it. © 2021 Yellow Brick Home|ProPhoto Blogsite|La Lune, https://www.waterlox.com/products-item/waterlox-original-satin-tung-oil-wood-floor-finish, https://weboughtahouse.squarespace.com/theblog/2015/7/21/how-to-protect-your-butcher-block-counter-tops-and-still-get-a-natural-look, https://www.yellowbrickhome.com/2015/09/02/kitchen-done/, https://www.waterlox.com/what-is-waterlox. We have only been in our new kitchen for around four months, but with regular daily use, the island top still looks brand new. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. I’ve read a lot about wood countertops and undermount sinks and most recommendations for the best result say to put a few extra coats of finish around the cutout and refresh as needed. Before cutting your butcher block, make sure you have a 7 1/” blade with 60 teeth – for finishing cuts attached to your circular saw. That makes a lot of sense. Use safety equipment when cutting. Btw, we also had enormous fits with the satin finish but were determined to make it work. You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Festool Carvex works amazingly, but the price is not affordable for most people who are not professionals. This would prevent the cut-out from starting to fall, which could in turn affect his cut. Either tool will cut butcher block, though a table saw will be quicker for sure. That said, drywall is rarely square, so although this room received almost four walls of new drywall, we were still at the mercy of the shared walls (one being an exterior wall, the other to our bedroom). Clamp straight edge along cut line, allowing for width of circular saw blade and saw guard (Image 2). The publisher will not be liable for direct, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages in connection with/or arising from the use of the information displayed on WoodenPalletProjects.com. Feel free to use one photo(exluding any tall Pinterest images) for any roundup posts, provided that a  link back(dofollow) to my original post is included. Also check out Floor & Decor if there’s one near you. We went with our favorite fail-proof dark walnut stain, and we sealed it using Waterlox. Over a year later the counters still look great even around the sink where there is a lot of water. You probably know we’re the biggest fans of Polycrylic for a water-based poly that won’t yellow, but in this case, we needed something that would stand up to lots of water because of our sink. About halfway through the cut, he screwed a long scrap of 2″ x 4″ into the ‘hole’ of the sink. Close. The saw blade should run cooler and reduce burning during the skim cut. But in Chicago, with nice weather comes outdoor projects, and so the countertop took a back burner while we laid pavers, built a picnic table and planted greenery. Before cutting the sink opening, drill a few holes through the butcher block just inside the cutting outline. You might remember that the base cabinet is kicked off the back wall by about 8″ so that the front face of the cabinets would align with our stacked washer and dryer. This post includes affiliate links. Did you stain your butcher block at all, or did you keep it natural? Our daughter Katee is donating a pig and Butcher Block is donating cutting and wrapping for the pig. We literally cut our butcher block sink hole 3 weeks ago, and it was definately high stress. The extra inch for overhang was a nice match for the base cabinet, and the nominal gap around the other three sides of our butcher block would eventually be sealed with caulk. Just buy a quality blade and take your time. If you follow along on our Insta-stories, you’ll know that we finished up plumbing (thank you to everyone who chimed in on our angled-faucet debate! These countertops have an eased edge. I really didn’t like the idea of a shinny finish. The final skim cut would be set up to produce the size you are after and would remove very little material and any burn marks. Most wood counter tops are constructed of maple hardwood -- a prized wood known for it's fine grain and rock-solid stiffness. I guess I wasn’t clear in that the counters are butted up against a gray IKEA pantry set into the middle of a run of cabinets on one side of the room and against a panel/built in fridge on the other. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. (Optional, but an extra pair of helping paws can speed up this step.). For more details, review our Privacy Policy. Easy Ikea Butcher Block Countertop Cutting Technique - YouTube If required, cut the butcher-block drop to remove saw marks and notches. You’ll find many great saws in the mid-range budget. Just wanted to get that info out there. It won’t be a perfect match, but if the tolerances are pretty tight, I assume you wouldn’t even notice it over time.ReplyCancel. The softer the wood the thicker you can go. love the dogs supervising pic and terrific results as always.ReplyCancel, Ha! With the sink cut-out complete, we then used our hole saw to cut a 1 1/4″ opening for the faucet. I'd use a new carbide blade on either saw, and use painters masking tape on both sides of the cutline to minimize splinters and shredding. We may end up adding a satin coat down the road if it really bothers us, but as every day passes, we like it more and more.ReplyCancel. After searching the web on how to cut a sink hole in butcher block, I had to write this little post about how we did it, just to give the web my own 5 sense. Just like sealing a natural stone counter, wood counters require yearly or every-other year maintenance to keep them looking good. It looks great! Mostly because of the friction and heat that is produced. https://weboughtahouse.squarespace.com/theblog/2015/7/21/how-to-protect-your-butcher-block-counter-tops-and-still-get-a-natural-lookReplyCancel, Sam – that countertop is stunning! Then use that as a guide pencil the hole onto your butcher block. Not sure if a jigsaw will be strong enough to do the trick, but a circular saw seems like it would be a pain. If your sink came with a template, utilize that to mark where your cut should be. There’s a little more info here: https://www.waterlox.com/what-is-waterlox, I first head of it from Julia (at Chris Loves Julia), and I also saw Dana (at House Tweaking) use it on the stand for her bathtub. I don’t think we did but it’s always a good idea!ReplyCancel. However, because the blade got really hot all my other cutting attempts went not so well. Howev, you must apply it liberally so the wipe marks can level which they did as we held our breath. The finish may wear more around the sink. Waterlox penetrates the wood AND protects, and it can be reapplied year after year, if needed. Thank you for taking the time to give me such a thorough answer. Orrrr… yes, you could get a brown caulk. The circular design we chose for our sink meant that he had to freehand the whole thing, and to say we were both nervous is an understatement! Easy Ikea Butcher Block Countertop Cutting Technique & Video Here’s a follow-up to our kitchen remodel that we’ve been meaning to share with you that wasn’t covered when we talked about the kitchen remodel details : how Brian found an easy and accurate butcher block countertop cutting technique for our Ikea butcher block countertops using a circular saw. Instead of sanding between every coat we just sanded after the 3rd with 320 grit just to smooth the surface, then put down 2 more layers for 5 layers total. we’re still babying our counter since we’re still within the 30-90 day complete curing time, but we’re happy with choosing to go with wood and we’re loving the way it has turned out. Cutting the Butcher Block Cut the pieces one at a time, and then check the fit after each cut. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Festool power tools are expensive, and a jigsaw is no exception. We’ll have to keep that in mind as this little sink gets use over the years.ReplyCancel, Love your extra helping paws and glad you were able to remedy the sink situation. I may add it next summer, but I have gotten used to the shine, and like you, It has grown on me. Check out these Bosch blades for wood 6in and 7in or these Bosch T234X3 progressor blades for a bit cleaner cuts. If she's not painting, sanding, or drilling, she's writing about power tools or tips for various DIY and upcycling projects that make the creative process easier and more fun! Stay in touch and receive things like updates, special offers, new projects, tips, gear reviews, and more. Use a … Copyright © 2020 Wooden Pallet Projects. We LOVED that sink, but we couldn’t make it work into the plans without sacrificing cabinet space, and we REALLY wanted the hidden storage. We traced our undermount line using the paper template provided with the sink, spacing it 4″ from the front and left of our counter. We were lucky enought to have a good outcome, but spent a good hour or two measuring and checking over and over then another hour getting the courage to actually cut. Usually,  jigsaws with fewer vibrations tend to produce smoother cuts. These are access openings for the jigsaw blade to fit through. Thank you for sharing that product!ReplyCancel. Would you use white caulk? We’d been hoarding this adorable Kohler bar sink for almost a year, and the day had finally come to unbox it. What makes the jigsaw so easy to use is that you can use it on almost any material. Wife wants a rounded edge on the ~6 inch overhang. Seems like it would be glaring. TPI for thicker workpieces is usually low, but at the same time, that means rougher cuts. If you can’t afford it, at least get a good blade. Best way to cut this butcher block countertop? Thank you for supporting Wooden Pallet Projects! step 2 // sand . Is the sink going to be undermount? You can do the job in successive 1/4" passes. Then use a jig saw and rough out the hole as close as you can get to the line. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Posted by 1 year ago. Just what I was looking to find out. As an example, our front to back measurements were 32 7/8″ (left), 32 15/16″ (middle) and 33″ (right). You’re very welcome Maryanne! Customer service was very unsympathetic (although they did send us some free product…), Unless you spray on the Satin finish, my advice is to stay away. We liked how dark it got, and not wanting to go any deeper, we left it alone at one coat. On the top and sides of the butcher block, we sanded with 80 and 120 grit. Festool or Bosch would be a good choice. Are the counters on top of the gray cabinets? they came up with a built-in laundry hamper” lol. After hours and hours of research we found a YouTube vid from a man who recommended applying it with a small lint free cotton cloth. Kasia is the owner of the Wooden Pallet Projects. Scott measured from side to side and front to back in 3 places, and I made note of each of these measurements. We encourage you to support the family if you are able. Required fields are marked *. When it comes to wood the harder the piece is the more difficult to cut by the jigsaw. It is quite shiny. We have it on our island: https://www.yellowbrickhome.com/2015/09/02/kitchen-done/ReplyCancel. But in my honest opinion, if you plan to do some regular woodworking or even DIY, just invest in a quality tool like Bosch or Makita or even Dewalt. Next, we were able to make the openings for our sink and faucet – easily the most nerve-wracking part of this process! Set the saw blade up higher, you only want to cut half way through the wood. The next day, we began applying coats of Waterlox using a natural bristle brush. I’ll respect your privacy and you can unsubscribe at any time. *. Then using your router and one of these A jigsaw is one of the most versatile power tools that you can add to your workshop. Countertop is made of birch. All rights reserved. Practice your jigsaw cutting skills on thinner pieces of wood until you master them enough to make a clean, square cut in the thick stock. The template will not show you this. Yes, 100% go with clear caulk, especially if your tolerances are really tight. No spam, promise! I’m trying to imagine what you mean by saying the counters are NEXT to gray cabinets. In the second part of this 2-part DIY kitchen remodel project you will learn how to install butcher block countertops. HUGE mistake. These cookies do not store any personal information. A-ha! Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Most stores have a scratch and dent section at steep discounts, so be sure to check that out.ReplyCancel. now we can’t wait to get our backsplash up and have our kitchen nearly finished.ReplyCancel, Isn’t it funny how we all seem to let the shine ‘grow on us’? The circular design we chose for our sink meant that he had to freehand the whole thing, and to say we were both nervous is an understatement! This site uses affiliate links. I ended up using this product called Bona Nuturale and absolutely love how it turned out. Tickets are 1 for $10 or 5 for $40. And congratulations on your baby girl. I’ll be praying all goes well. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Also I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I slightly beveled the edges to eliminate sharp edges as well. Scott will be back to fill you in on how we plumbed our extra-deep counters, including our road bump and how we resolved it. I got lazy, and I did not end up using it since our center island took five coats and the instructions said it would take weeks to cure fully. I applied four coats over the course of four evenings, and I used a super fine 1500-grit polishing sandpaper between coats. This was our first time using Waterlox, and the final results were a higher gloss than I was expecting, but it has mellowed over time. We made a mark at each of our measurements – measuring over and up from two of the ‘perfect’ sides of foam board – and we used a long, spare piece of trim to connect our dots. Thank you so much for that feedback, Cindy!ReplyCancel. A thicker blade won’t drift as much as a thinner one and of course, you have to remember to get a blade that is at least 1 inch longer than that stock you’re cutting. The butcher block was pretty thirsty, and it drank up one coat of stain pretty quickly. We will always disclose sponsored posts in the text and by using the ‘sponsored' tag. Even though we followed the directions exactly, we ended up with the worst brush marks we’ve ever produced. There’s just something about Waterlox, I guess. After trying natural bristle brush, foam roller and foam brush, we found this was the solution!! We decided to go with drilling holes along the cutting line, which is really unnecessary in my opinion! Afterwards, I used a fine sanding sponge to clean up any burrs along the edges. We sand our counters down to 220 grit then laid down 3 coats of waterlox with 24hrs of dry time in between. How I made the template was to trace the paper template on this piece of 1/4″ plywood. We measured the distance from our kitchen sink to the faucet, and basing it on that, we made the hole about 2″ away from the sink opening. I also LOVE to rehab houses. Our takeaways on cutting butcher block for an undermount sink: Trace the sink template in the exact spot you want it cut out in. #basicruleofDIY. It’s a very forgiving and sturdy product. 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