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Question DetailsAsked on 12/2/2015

Can anyone recommend a contractor who has experience of installing butcher block wood countertops in my area?

Found the unfinished butcher block countertops at Floor and Decor in Skokie, IL and need someone to seal, cut and install.

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You would have to call around amongst the well-reviewed Countertop contractors - and be prepared for them to tell you that you might regret your decision to use real wood countertops, because they do not do well in that wet environment. Certainly yuou are going to have to be prepared for a multi-coat finish right now, and refinishing at frequent intervals to prevent wagter infiltration. Also, many or most are not going to like you buying the material (which may or may not have actually saved you money after you factor in their typically 10-30% contractors discount) so you are likiely to go through quite a few to find one or two with decent reviews who will bid on your job.

Does Floor and Decor do installs ? No, from their website I see they do not, though they do have an Installation Made Easy program with affiliated contractors - you could try that, then cross-check their recommended contractors against Angies List for any reviews.

My recommendation on one thing that might be proposed - I would stay FAR away from a penetrating oil finish like linseed oil, tung oil, or Danish oil as there is a good reason why this went out in the 60's or early 70's (for countertop use) - it turns rancid and significantly and permanently discolors the wood, and gets splotchy upon water or heat contact, and attracts accumulations of dust and food particles/smears.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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