Butcher block tables are very useful. Butcher block tables combines the light and versatile design of a work table with the traditional look and durable practicality of a butcher block cutting surface. There is a large variety to choose from when it comes to butcher block tables. However, before zeroing in on a particular piece, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. The kind of wood that is used in making this table is very important. You need to make sure it is durable, as well as non-porous and non-toxic. The surface of the wood should be hard enough that it does not break or splinter after being subjected to repeated blows from a chopping knife. Wood like oak are quite porous and do not make good material for this table. The best wood for such tables would be hard wood like cherry wood and walnut wood. You can also opt for beechwood and hard maple wood. Butcher block tables can be maintained with little effort. However, it is obviously essential to prevent the growth of bacteria which could result in food poisoning so basic common hygiene sense will involve cleaning the surface with bleach or a natural vinegar solution on a regular basis.
Mineral oil should be applied to the butcher block about once a month and left to soak in overnight. This seals moisture into the wood and prevents it drying out and cracking. It also helps protect against germs. Unlike vegetable or olive oil, mineral oil does not leave any residual smell that would contaminate the taste of the food being prepared on the cutting board. Many websites and shops that sell butcher block tables will also stock food grade mineral oil.