How to Build a Butcher-Block Island How to Build a Butcher-Block Island «↺ Previous Step Back to Start All Steps Close Introduction Overview Step 1 Cut the butcher block. Step 2 Smooth the cut edges. Step 3 Put the pieces in order. Step 4 Build the stretcher rung. Step 5 Make the base rung. Step 6 Compare rungs for length. Step 7 Build the ladder. Step 8 Build the towel-bar side. Step 9 Install the stretcher. Step 10 Attach the towel-bar side. Step 11 Size the shelf boards. Step 12 Join the shelf boards. Step 13 Align the flanges. Step 14 Secure the lower counter. Step 15 Attach the countertop. Step 16 Attach the casters. Step 17 Oil the wood.