cutting butcher block jigsaw

So good to know! I’m using a similar hard wax oil product to seal my wood counter tops in the kitchen and will have an undermount sink (hopefully we get it installed soon!). Our takeaways on cutting butcher block for an undermount sink: Trace the sink template in the exact spot you want it cut out in. Posted by 1 year ago. Scott measured from side to side and front to back in 3 places, and I made note of each of these measurements. Before cutting the sink opening, drill a few holes through the butcher block just inside the cutting outline. Required fields are marked *. This turned out to be a huge error, but luckily, it was one we were able to remedy! When cutting butcher block counters, use the sharpest saw blade in … Are the counters on top of the gray cabinets? If it wasn’t for our all white cabinets, we would have considered the natural look.ReplyCancel, That turned out really pretty. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. That will definitely look the best! Your email is never published or shared. step 2 // sand . 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. We picked up these fresh new blades for our jigsaw, and Scott began cutting. The finish may wear more around the sink. Check out these Bosch blades for wood 6in and 7in or these Bosch T234X3 progressor blades for a bit cleaner cuts. Close. 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. With this cabinet secured to our small 2″ x 4″ box frame, we could take our measurements. When it comes to wood the harder the piece is the more difficult to cut by the jigsaw. ), and despite the faucet trouble, we are thrilled with our cute little sink. We ended up listing it on Craigslist for the same price we bought it, and it went to the sweetest couple who were renovating their old home. How I made the template was to trace the paper template on this piece of 1/4″ plywood. Use a circular saw with a 60-tooth carbide blade to cut the butcher-block to the oversize length (Image 2). Then use a jig saw and rough out the hole as close as you can get to the line. Afterwards, I used sanding pads and worked my way around that circle – over and over and over again. I’m trying to imagine what you mean by saying the counters are NEXT to gray cabinets. It’s a very forgiving and sturdy product. A clamping straight edge can be purchased or made with a scrap piece of straight-sided wood and clamps. Clamp straight edge along cut line, allowing for width of circular saw blade and saw guard (Image 2). 1. The first step is to mark the cutting line. We traced around our foam board template directly onto the butcher block, and Scott used our circular saw with a makeshift straight edge to make his cuts. This site uses affiliate links. LOVE, love, love that matte finish. We’re still talking about the laundry room, but we’re in the home stretch! Cutting. The answer is yes. Finally, it was time to apply our finish! Thankfully the sink came with a template and I googled the tar out of ‘how to cut a sink hole from a butcher block countertop”. 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. Waterlox is amazing.ReplyCancel, Great tip about the satin finish! These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Totally matte finish – it looks almost soft no shine at all. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. What makes the jigsaw so easy to use is that you can use it on almost any material. 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. When cutting with a jigsaw, it is important to use a blade that suits the task. Countertop is made of birch. Set it atop the counter, align, and secure into place as instructed. The fit was just right! 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. This post includes affiliate links. The saw blade should run cooler and reduce burning during the skim cut. Either tool will cut butcher block, though a table saw will be quicker for sure. It looks great! Thank you so much for that feedback, Cindy!ReplyCancel. I had cut my first piece perfectly, without the half & half cut instructions. We will always disclose sponsored posts in the text and by using the ‘sponsored' tag. 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. Smooth the perimeter of material with an orbital sander, removing only blade marks and high spots, and take care not to reshape the piece. Drawing to be held June 5. When cutting each section of butcher block, place the boards on sawhorses or between two work surfaces. The softer the wood the thicker you can go. The starting price point is around $260 on Amazon. I slightly beveled the edges to eliminate sharp edges as well. Just buy a quality blade and take your time., Sam – that countertop is stunning! Photo By: Jason Kisner Smooth the Butcher Block Edges. 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. HUGE mistake. We encourage you to support the family if you are able. Just what I was looking to find out. The jigsaw is a very useful power tool for any home owner, as you you can cut different materials of various thicknesses and even curved or perfectly straight lines. There aren’t really any tricks that you could use to cut thick wood. It is quite shiny. Perhaps if we had a TON of counter space, that would have been a pretty cool option though!ReplyCancel, I love how this turned out! Jigsaws can cut straight lines or on curves of your choosing and can help you finish a woodworking project faster and easier than if you were using a hacksaw or hand saw. 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. 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. Can you do this using a jigsaw? Even though we followed the directions exactly, we ended up with the worst brush marks we’ve ever produced. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Choosing an appropriate blade for this task is crucial. However, this job is best served by a router with a carbide-tipped 1" flush cutting bit. On a large sheet of 1/4″ thick foam board, we used these measurements to make our template. Usually,  jigsaws with fewer vibrations tend to produce smoother cuts. I’ll be following your progress. I’ll respect your privacy and you can unsubscribe at any time. Use the above steps to cut the butcher block section to fit into the sink countertop area. The next day, we began applying coats of Waterlox using a natural bristle brush. Use safety equipment when cutting. Clamp a straightedge to guide the cut. Check my post on the best jigsaws for every, even the smallest budget. Stay in touch and receive things like updates, special offers, new projects, tips, gear reviews, and more. I was in love! She's a DIY/upcycling enthusiast. I don’t think we did but it’s always a good idea!ReplyCancel. Because butcher-block is heavy, support the cutoff section to prevent the piece from tearing away as you near the end of the cut. Do you think that butcher block would hold up well in a kitchen?ReplyCancel, It will be undermount. love the dogs supervising pic and terrific results as always.ReplyCancel, Ha! The template will not show you this. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Great post thank you. Did you stain your butcher block at all, or did you keep it natural? After fitting it in place you mentioned filling the small gaps with caulk. When it comes to wood the harder the piece is the more difficult to cut by the jigsaw. Seems like it would be glaring. 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. Thanks so much for the kind words. Would you use white caulk? Since the corner cabinet is deeper than the standard countertop depth, we cut down a larger kitchen island piece to fit. If you decide to make a purchase through my link, I might get a small commission for it at no additional cost to you. Also, I still think that wallpaper is so cute too. I started out using course sandpaper on our Dremel, which helped to take down any areas that weren’t as round as they could be. We literally cut our butcher block sink hole 3 weeks ago, and it was definately high stress. We have it on our island: We decided to go with drilling holes along the cutting line, which is really unnecessary in my opinion! 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. Easy Ikea Butcher Block Countertop Cutting Technique - YouTube Back on a positive note (and before we had realized the error of our ways), I polished up Scott’s cut by sanding – lots and lots and lots of sanding. You’ll find many great saws in the mid-range budget. 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. Butcher block is extremely hard and dense. I’m about to start my kitchen makeover with butcher block counters and I’m wondering if you need to pre-stain it before I start?ReplyCancel, Do you mean wood conditioner? 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. Some jigsaws work better than others and have additional features like blade guides. I also LOVE to rehab houses. If your sink did not come with a template it would be wise to use a piece of cardboard or large paper to create your own. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Our side to side measurements were 38″ (back), 38 5/16″ (middle) and 38 1/2″ (front). This video is about how to cut butcher block countertops for undermount sink The trick here is making sure that the angle the blade is set at remains consistent throughout the cut, for a clean, accurate bevel cut – usually at a 45-degree angle. Just wanted to get that info out there. I’m glad I could help :). 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! I ended up using this product called Bona Nuturale and absolutely love how it turned out. Thank you for sharing that product!ReplyCancel. The first cut would leave the butcher block perhaps 1/8” –3/16” too big and could leave some burn marks on the wood. At the joints, we cut off this rounded edge to create flat seams. You’re so close, laundry room! Unlike laminate and tile counter tops, butcher block is easy to saw and shape into unusual angles or rounded corners. TPI for thicker workpieces is usually low, but at the same time, that means rougher cuts. In the meantime, I’m awaiting a photo print to hang on the wall, and our DIY suds could use a re-fill. We have only been in our new kitchen for around four months, but with regular daily use, the island top still looks brand new. The bug bit me late when i had to get our house ready in a hurry to sell and was madly researching refinishing a wood floor. Also I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Those two ladies know what they’re doing, so I took their advice and ran with it!ReplyCancel, I see you stated that you bought butcher block at hardware store…do most hardware stores carry it?ReplyCancel, We bought ours at Menard’s, but I think some Lowe’s stores might carry it, too! We've divided them into two sections: those that are made of end-grain wood and designed to be worked on directly (no extra cutting board required!) 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. Is the sink going to be undermount? In the second part of this 2-part DIY kitchen remodel project you will learn how to install butcher block countertops. Festool or Bosch would be a good choice. 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. At first we were a bit worried by the shine but, even after a couple of weeks, we feel the shine is both growing on us as well as dulling a bit. But let's get started with … About halfway through the cut, he screwed a long scrap of 2″ x 4″ into the ‘hole’ of the sink. While still outside, sand the butcher block on all sides. 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’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. 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. Photo By: Jason Kisner Smooth Board Perimeter with Sander. We sand our counters down to 220 grit then laid down 3 coats of waterlox with 24hrs of dry time in between. A jigsaw is one of the most versatile power tools that you can add to your workshop. Although tricky to get the hang of at first, I found that by attacking these areas from below, I could get a better grip on the tool. Waterlox penetrates the wood AND protects, and it can be reapplied year after year, if needed. We chose butcher block for its affordability (a 3′ x 6′ slab cost us less than $150 at the hardware store), and with all the white cabinetry, we wanted to bring in some warmth. Only a few weekends ago did we turn our attention back towards the laundry room, and months after starting Project Butcher Block, we were finally able to call this countertop done! subscribe for weekly content + fun stuff! 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. 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. ), so learn from us: measure thrice, cut once. Can a budget B&D jigsaw do it? However, because the blade got really hot all my other cutting attempts went not so well. Thoughts? Best way to cut this butcher block countertop? This website uses cookies to improve your experience. What about thick wood? Archived. Commentdocument.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a69500298552c22e6e951219976c82b2" );document.getElementById("aa83a82916").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. And yes, I think if treated properly, butcher block is great for a kitchen! I really didn’t like the idea of a shinny finish. I decided that the best way for me to do it was to use a router. I like your idea of clear caulk, as our countertops are also a slightly tight fit. Choosing an appropriate blade for this task is crucial. They were so thrilled, so we felt good about the decision in the end.ReplyCancel, I’ve never heard of Waterlox, do you mind explaining why you chose this finish as opposed to the zillion other choices out there/ways you’ve finished wood previously? You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Cutting the Butcher Block Cut the pieces one at a time, and then check the fit after each cut. As we all know, jigsaw blades tend to be bendy, and sometimes, you can end up with a beveled edge even when cutting regular wood. We downsized to a smaller home which badly needed updating. Festool power tools are expensive, and a jigsaw is no exception. Sure. Not sure if a jigsaw will be strong enough to do the trick, but a circular saw seems like it would be a pain. Mostly because of the friction and heat that is produced. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Like you, I wasn’t super happy with the shine and thought I would use the Satin finish on the second project. 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. Slow and steady wins this race. Great tip about drilling the wood into the circle to keep it from sagging and changing the cut. We used Waterlox on the wood top of the center island in our kitchen. Use a … Then use that as a guide pencil the hole onto your butcher block. I love it when you share  my ideas however please keep in mind all images all text on this site are property of Wooden Pallet Projects unless otherwise stated. However, the results will depend on four things: the jigsaw itself, the type of wood, the blade you use, and your skills and experience with this tool. With a proper blade and some experience. 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! With these characteristics in mind, we've sought out the best butcher block islands out there. Or if they are next to them, are you able to get away with clear caulk if the fit is tight enough? Most stores have a scratch and dent section at steep discounts, so be sure to check that out.ReplyCancel. Thank you for taking the time to give me such a thorough answer. These phenomenal cutting tools are capable of making straight and curved cuts in a wide variety of materials such as wood, plastic, metal, tile, and laminate flooring. You can try a stronger blade for the jsaw. I’d liken the sheen to a step above satin, and although that alarmed us at first, it quickly grew on us. One the section we have installed already, I haven’t done any maintenance coats and you can tell. 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 But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. I was wondering what happened to the vintage sink with built-in shelf you had bought?ReplyCancel, Oh, don’t remind me! Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy & effectiveness of the information displayed on this website, makes no guarantee as to the procedures & information contained here. This article is about jigsaw cutting techniques. We brought our countertop back inside to check our fit, held our breath, and… like a glove, I tell you! For the bottom, we used our orbital sander with 80 grit paper. Merry Christmas!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’? Once shaped, … Festool Carvex works amazingly, but the price is not affordable for most people who are not professionals. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. You can do the job in successive 1/4" passes. Aside from that we love how the waterlox has brought out the grain of the wood as well as the color it gave the wood. *. 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. If you can’t afford it, at least get a good blade. The butcher block was pretty thirsty, and it drank up one coat of stain pretty quickly. Just like sealing a natural stone counter, wood counters require yearly or every-other year maintenance to keep them looking good. 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). Best way to cut this butcher block countertop? These countertops have an eased edge. Next, we were able to make the openings for our sink and faucet – easily the most nerve-wracking part of this process! There’s just something about Waterlox, I guess. So happy you found us!ReplyCancel, Did you use pre-stain before using the dark walnut? I have used Waterlox twice and have been really happy with the durability and upkeep.

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