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Keeping a Butcher Block Outside

I have a very old and heavy butcher block. I would like to use it on the front porch of my old farmhouse. The floor of my kitchen wouldn't hold the weight. Will it hurt the butcher block to be outside?


By Lisa

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May 19, 20100 found this helpful

I wouldn't do it. If it is a real butcher block, it is made of wood layers sandwiched together. Excessive moisture from rain and humidity can and will ruin it, causing them to separate. We have one in our kitchen that is about 153 years old. It has been appraised at $500. If I were you, I would see about reinforcing the kitchen floor with a floor jack or support beam from downstairs.

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May 20, 20100 found this helpful

Please don't do it as it would ruin in the weather even if you kept it oiled. That would be a terrible waste.

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

You didn't say whether your front porch was covered or not if so, by all means oil it good legs and all and cover top with an oil cloth table cloth or piece of plastic and do so. I am sorry about my other post but I miss read it. I do woodworking and I also live in the south where the humidity gets to everything even in the shop. Do the best you can an use it where you can, just cover it outside.

The cost of jacking up her floor would be astronomical and if you don't own the jacks and the know how you could make things worse. One option we did with our old 1800's house was to go under it and put extra supports under it where the heavy piece was going and that worked for us.

The old house is gone now but the part of the floor we fixed like that was about the only part you could walk on when they tore it down. Yes we built a new house. Some folks can't do that and they own theirs but we didn't own ours but now we do.

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