Installing a Kitchen Sink in Butcher Block Countertop

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We recently renovated our outdated kitchen, which included replacing a tile counter top with butcher block and installing a new single-bowl sink. This may seem like a daunting task, but if you have moderate DIY experience, you can do it yourself.

This is what the kitchen looked like before we began. We demoed the tile and removed the sink and plywood to reveal an open counter space.

After installing the butcher block, (Which you can read about here we were ready to cut the hole for the sink. This particular model did not come with a paper template. The instructions said to flip the sink upside down, trace around it, then come in 1/4" all the way around for your cut.

I positioned the sink where I wanted it then put down painters tape around it to trace onto with a pen, since I did not want to draw directly on the butcher block. We used a pencil to make the inside line which was the template.

My husband used the circular saw to cut the straight part of the front and sides, but could not clear the back of the sink. So we, had to unscrew the piece and pull it out to cut the back side. He used the jigsaw to cut the rounded corners. It is slow work with a jigsaw; you have to be patient and let it cut at its own pace.

We used a "General Purpose" Magnum blade on the circular saw to cut the butcher block.

We dropped the sink into the hole and connected the plumbing and faucet. We finished it by caulking around the edge of the sink to seal it.

The butcher block and stainless steel is so much cleaner and brighter than the old tile with stained grout. I love how it turned out and am proud that we installed it ourselves!

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3 questions
  • Michael Gregersen
    on Jul 16, 2019

    Why not use the template that comes with all sinks!

    • Sherry
      on Jul 16, 2019

      Why don't people read the post? Its clearly explained!! Geezz. Looks great

  • Donna Belvees
    on Jul 16, 2019

    Beautiful!!!! I would like to know what you did with the piece of butcher block that you cut out for the sink? It would be a shame to not use it somehow. Especially as it is such an expensive thing to begin with.

    • Kate
      on Jul 23, 2019

      I like Sally-Charles Evans idea of saving it to put over the sink opening for extra counter space when you need it. We did that in our R.V.

  • Lori Patrick
    on Jul 23, 2019

    How do you keep the butcher block clean? Thinking of using it.

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