White Oak Countertops

White Oak is one of the superior hardwoods of eastern North America. It has an exceptional resistance to wear, making White Oak Countertops exceptional for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and offices. White oak has long modular rays. This gives it a strong quartersawn figure, for which it is highly renowned. White Oak has a Janka Hardness Scale of 1360.

White Oak Countertops custom crafted by Grothouse
Custom White Oak Wood Countertop manufactured by Grothouse

White Oak Countertops

White Oak Countertops can be made in three construction styles: Flat Grain Construction (also known as Wide Plank), Edge Grain Construction, and End Grain Construction (also known as Butcher Block).

No matter the construction style, white oak wood countertops have the ability to look great in any kitchen or bathroom, from traditional style to modern style. White Oak stains and polishes well. Pictured below is a White Oak Countertop with a Custom Stain Match designed by Main Street Cabinet Co, LLC. It is edge grain construction. This countertop is used for a kitchen island. It is paired with white cabinetry and has a traditional style.

White Oak Wood Countertops design by Main Street Cabinet Co LLC
White Oak Countertop design by Main Street Cabinet Co LLC

Due to the lighter colors of White Oak Countertops, they can be altered to look great with various colors of cabinetry. Pictured below is a White Oak Countertop designed by Kitchen and Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh. It is edge grain construction. This countertop is paired with blue/grey cabinetry and has a fusion style. It is stained to be a darker brown. The White Oak Countertop compliments the copper counters. This kitchen is a fantastic example of pairing wood with another countertop surface.

White Oak Wood Countertop design by Kitchen and Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh
White Oak Countertop design by Kitchen and Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh

White Oak Wood Facts

White Oak is also known as Arizona Oak, Stave Oak, and American White Oak. It originated in North America. White Oak trees can live to be 600 years old and typically grow to be about 80 to 100 feet high.  White Oak wood is water resistant and rot resistant due to its closed cellular structure. The wood can be used for barrels in the wine and whiskey industries because it resists leaking. It can also be used for boat building, flooring, paneling, coffins, shingles, railroad ties, plywood, trim, and joinery. FSC White Oak lumber is available.

About The Grothouse Lumber Company:

Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company is the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with  a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.

Visit our webpage http://www.glumber.com  to learn more about our White Oak Wood Countertops.

Hand Planed Wood Countertops

Grothouse continues to revolutionize their solid wood surfaces by offering Hand Planed Wood Countertops. Hand Planed wood surfaces look heavily distressed to mimic the elemental wear of the wood that is seen over time. The process in hand planed artistry is done very carefully to assure that the wear does not look “purposeful” or “factory made”.

Hand planed wood countertops
Hand Planed Wood Countertop Surface

Designing | Hand Planed Wood Countertops

Any countertop wood species can be hand planed. The recommended construction styles for hand planed countertops is Flat Grain and Edge Grain. Careful communication and an exchange of samples between Grothouse and the client is done to assure the desired result.

Hand Planed Countertop surfaces are typically sealed with our Durata® Finish. Pictured below is a Walnut Hand Planed Counter sealed with Durata® Finish in Matte. Durata® is available for hand planed surfaces in Satin or Matte. 

Walnut Hand Planed Wood Counter with Durata® Finish
Walnut Hand Planed Wood Counter with Durata® Finish in Matte

The textural element of countertops with hand planed distressing can look good in any style kitchen – traditional, contemporary, transitional, modern, and the list goes on. In a modern or contemporary design, hand planed wood countertops can soften the look by adding warmth and texture to the design.

Wenge Hand Planed Wood Countertop designed by Venegas and Company
Wenge Hand Planed Countertop designed by Venegas and Company LLC
Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company LLC in Boston MA
Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company LLC in Boston, MA

Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company LLC designed the contemporary kitchen display shown above.

The display features Premier Custom Cabinetry with a Wenge Hand Planed Countertop sealed with Durata® Finish in Matte.

This countertop is Flat Grain and 1 3/4″ thick. It features various options such as a Custom Seam Miter and Laser Engraving.

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Hand Planed Wenge Wood Countertop
Hand Planed Wenge Countertop designed by Venegas and Company LLC

Options | Hand Planed Wood Countertops

Hand Planed Countertop surfaces can include a variety of options, from Laser Engraving to Integrated Bowls, the opportunities are endless. The artful look of countertops with hand planed distressing can be easily complimented with different options. Options should be considered not only for the look of the countertop, but also for the use.

Hand Planed Countertop with Laser Engraving
Hand Planed Wood Countertop with Laser Engraving.

If you are interested in designing your own Hand Planed Countertop you can Request a Quote now or call us if you have questions!

Countertop Options

A frequently asked question is “What options are there for wood countertops?” At Grothouse, your countertop can be crafted with a wide variety of options that allow you to make your top both unique and functional. Below are examples of the various options you can add to a countertop.

Countertop Options | Trivets

Trivets are the perfect solution to keep your wood surface safe from hot pots and pans. Integrated Trivets are composed of several routed channels in the countertop that hold multiple stainless steel cooling rods. The cooling rods are removable for easy cleaning and can be put in the dishwasher.

Countertop Options - Trivets

Countertop Options | Drainboards

Drainboards are the perfect accompaniment to your undermount or apron sink. Grothouse crafts drain boards routed and sloped to make sure that all water drains directly into the sink area. Drain boards can be located on one side of the sink or both sides. This option requires our Durata® waterproof finish in order for your top to be covered under our lifetime warranty.

Countertop Options - Drainboards

Countertop Options | Juice Grooves

Countertops with juice grooves are a feature that is often requested for counters used for direct chopping and food preparation. The juice grooves collect moisture from fruits, meats and vegetables while avoiding drips onto the floor. They are a common option added to smaller wood countertops that flank both sizes of a stove. Juice Grooves can be designed on the outer edge of a countertop, or as pictured below in the shape of an object.

Countertop options - Juice Groove

Countertop Options | Expanded Corners

Expanded corners are a countertop option typically found on island tops of the most discriminating homes. The result is an impressive architectural detail that brings an air of elegance to your custom-designed wood countertop.

Countertop Options - Expanded Corners

Countertop Options | Integrated Bowls

Integrated bowls add an artful touch and function to any countertop. The bowls can be carved into any wood specie and are custom to a client’s specifications. Integrated Bowls can offer a secure place to keep items from rolling off the countertop, such as eggs or fruit. In addition, they can be used for an artful display. The integrated bowl featured below was a countertop option in the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2012 designed by Mick De Giulio.

Wood Countertop with Integrated bowl

The countertop options listed are not the only options available at Grothouse. To see more countertop options, visit our Countertop Design Guide.

Walnut Countertops

Walnut Countertops are one of the most popular countertops manufactured by Grothouse. Walnut is a prized cabinetmaking wood. This is because Walnut is noted for its beautiful grain, which is slightly open and straight. It can also exhibit a wavy or curly figure.

Custom Walnut Countertop
Custom Walnut Countertop manufactured by Grothouse

Walnut Countertops

Walnut Countertops can be made in Flat Grain Construction (also known as Wide Plank), Edge Grain Construction, and End Grain Construction (also known as Butcher Block). Walnut Countertops can be crafted to match any style room, whether it be traditional or modern.

Walnut is a great wood for making countertops because it is hard and tough which gives it moderate crushing and bending strength, as well as medium stiffness. The janka scale for Walnut is 1010.

Walnut Countertop designed by John Troxell
Walnut Countertop designed by John Troxell, Director of Design of Wood-Mode

Pictured above is a Walnut Counter made in Flat Grain Construction. This kitchen design demonstrates how wood can be used effectively in Modern Kitchens. The Walnut Counter adds warmth to the room.

Walnut Countertop manufactured by Grothouse
Walnut Countertop designed by Showplace Kitchens of Fargo

The Walnut Countertop pictured above was manufactured in Edge Grain construction. This countertop contains an undermount sink. The grain figure in the Walnut is shown beautifully throughout the countertop. The brown colors in the Walnut are complimented by white cabinetry.

Walnut Wood Facts

Walnut originates from North America. It is also known as Black walnut, American Walnut, Eastern Black Walnut, Gunwood, and Virginia Walnut. The heartwood of Walnut is brown and the sapwood is beige or Maple colored.

Visit our Image Library  for Walnut wood counter top inspiration