How to Sand a Butcher Block Table

A butcher block table can give a room a warm, homey appearance if it is kept free of scratches and stains. If you use it regularly or actually as a butcher block, you may need to sand it occasionally. This is not a difficult job.

Items You Need:

  • Electric sander
  • Sandpaper in different grits
  • Block sander (if not using an electric sander)
  • Tack cloth

Step 1--Clean the Table

Before you start the sanding job, wipe the table with a sponge with soap and water on it. This is to remove grease, food or any other dirt that is clinging to it. These things will cause your sandpaper to get gummy and need changing.

Step 2--Sanding

The condition of the table will determine how your sanding will proceed. If by chance you have deep cuts or gouges in the table and want to sand them out, you will need to start with a coarse grit sandpaper. Always sand with the grain of the wood to not damage it or raise the grain. When you have removed these blemishes, then move on to a smaller grit. Wipe the table with a tack cloth in between sandings so you can get a better look at the wood.

Step 2--Finish Sanding

When the table is smooth, do a finish sanding with the finest grit sandpaper to smooth and refine the finish. Wipe clean of dust.