How to Fix a Crack in a Butcher Block Table

One type of wooden table that is always beaten down by use is the butcher block table. Wood, although sturdy, has its own limits and eventually it becomes battered, cracked and loses its luster when exposed to the elements without any protection, just like the butcher block table. The latter is a type of specialized table made from a thick block of wood and is often found in the kitchen for food preparation or found in butcher shops. While this table is supposed to be used in the kitchen, there are a lot of people who use the butcher block table in their living room or bedroom to add décor to their interior. Although this is the case, a butcher block table always gets beaten down by use over time thus here are some of the things that you can do to repair a crack in this particular table and extend its life longer.

Materials Needed:

  • Sandpaper
  • Soft brush
  • Wood glue
  • Bar clamp
  • Clean rag
  • Lemon oil or stain

Step 1 - Smoothen Out The Edges Around The Crack

Using sandpaper, rub the medium grit sandpaper along the crack to remove the rough edges. This prevents you from getting any splinters while working with the table. Once you are satisfied with the edges, remove the dust and debris using a soft brush.

Step 2 - Spread Wood Glue Over The Crack

Spread wood glue in the crack and make sure that the crack is thoroughly covered by the wood glue. Let it dry for several hours depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3 - Secure The Crack Using A Bar Clamp

If the crack is going to endanger the table by splitting it into two, then place a bar clamp across the table to make sure that there is even pressure that is distributed along the split. This is necessary so that the crack will be held firmly as the wood glue dries. After the clamp has been placed, check if there are still cracks that need wood glue before you tighten the clamp completely.

Step  4 - Clean The Table From Excess Wood Glue

Use a clean rag to wipe off wood glue that oozed out from the crack. Use a damp rag to easily remove the wood glue. Let the glue dry for several hours or overnight before you completely remove the clamps which are fastened at the other side of the table.

Step 5 - Smoothen The Surface Of The Butcher Block Table

Once the wood glue has dried, the next thing that you should do is to smoothen out the surface of the table using fine sandpaper. This removes the grit and roughness caused by the wood glue. Once you are satisfied with the smoothness of the table, you can then add the finishing touches on the wood.

Apply Lemon Oil To Bring Back The Luster Of The Table

Use a dry cloth and dab lemon oil all over the surface of the butcher block table to bring back the luster of the table. To protect the table further, apply a stain of your choice but this option is only optional and is great if you are going to use the table as a decorative piece. If you will be using it inside the kitchen, then adding lemon oil will suffice.